Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Wacky Watercooler Gang Celebrates Occasions!

February 2016 photo February 2016.jpg

Yes it's time for another blog hop of the Wacky Watercooler Gang.  This month we are all about celebrating occasions--and there are SO many to celebrate!  What's your favorite?

Our hop is circular; jump on anywhere and follow around to see what 11 artists have prepared this month.  You may have just come from Leanne Johnson's blog.  Leanne is new to our hop, and I'm so glad she has joined us!  Her creations are wonderful, don't you think?

A BIG occasion for me right now is knowing that I am expecting a new grandbaby--yippee!  My son and daughter-in-law are adding to their clan sometime in August, and I so look forward to a new little one in our family.  So here is the card I sent them to say "congratulations":

As soon as I saw Bear Hugs in the Occasions Catalog (with matching framelits!) I knew it had to be mine.  And this was perfect to welcome a new member of our tribe, especially when paired with the phrase from Suite Sayings (also in the Occasions Catalog):

My bears were all stamped and cut in record time; I embossed some Early Espresso card stock with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and hand cut the "tree".  A hole was cut with the Ovals Collection Framelits, so a baby bear could be placed inside:

And of course a matching envelope (this is a large, square card), made easy with the Envelope Punch Board and the In Color Envelope Paper:
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this Occasion!

Now, for another occasion we all celebrate (at least until we no longer want to):  Birthdays!  Here's a Party in a Box that can help a recipient be ready for three birthdays:

I saw this cute idea by another Stampin' UP! demonstrator who made a 3" x 3" box full of small cards.  I decided to cut this down a bit, and after a number of failed experiments, came up with a 1-5/8" x 3-1/4" box.  It's decorated with one of my favorite Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog, It's My Party, and the stamp is from a brand new Sale-A-Bration (read  as "FREE") set called Party Pants.

And here is what this little party in a box holds:
Three 3" x 3" cards with matching envelopes and gift tags.  Here is each one:

Party Pants will put anyone in a party mood, and it's available now!

My final occasion is an upcoming one - Easter:

Here's a sweet little Easter basket (made from the Berry Basket Bigz L die and Coaster Board topped with Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper) and a couple of Easter friends.

And check out the special treats for the Curvy Keepsake Bunny--a "carrot" made from the Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags stuffed with orange Jelly Bellys (I shamelessly stole this idea from the Occasions Catalog). 
And sweet little chick has some pretty Easter eggs, decorated with the Birthday Bouquet DSP in her basket.

Well that's all the Occasions I can celebrate right now.  So it's on to our next artist; go check out what Gail Allen has for you--she always comes up with such creative projects!  Thanks for stopping by!

 photo nextwatercoolercrockbutton.jpg


Unknown said...

Priscilla, you out did yourself! Wonderful projects. I love the hand cut tree with the baby bear peeking out! I too will have a new grandchild soon, due in September!

Your party in a box is fabulous! In fact I have an event coming up that I need a make-n-take and I think this is exactly what I've been looking for!

Your Easter projects are yummy! I just got the Berry Basket die and I'm looking forward to using it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Stampin' Amigos said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Stampin' Amigos said...

Thanks, Marie! And Congrats on your new fun!
I would be flattered if you are able to use my Party Box for your make-n-take; I'm happy to supply directions for the box if you need them.
Thanks for the kind comments.

Christine said...

Priscilla, your projects are really wonderful. I especially love the Party Box.

Stampin' Amigos said...

Thank you, Christine! It was a labor of love, but I LOVE how it came out!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Great projects Priscilla, especially the Easter ones. Glad you picked other sets and projects for your portion of the hop. The bear family is adorable!

Deborah Smart said...

Wow, you went all out, and blew me away with your projects, Priscilla! I adore the bear family (congrats on the upcoming grandchild!), and your party in a box is totally going on my 'CASE' list ;) The Easter set is adorable - those spotted cone bags are on my list, too.

Heidi Weaver said...

Thank you, Priscilla, for continuing to be such an important part of our wonderful blog hop. What a terrific way to welcome the news of the new baby. Those bears really work well for so many occasions, don't they? That Party Box is a wonderful idea. I love the way you've used the It's My Party DSP for the box, the cards and the envelopes. Love it! I suspect that my grandsons will each be getting one of those adorable critters you created for Easter.

Unknown said...

Priscilla - Congratulations on your new grandbaby! This Bear Hugs stamp set is now on my wishlist. The birthday box filled with tags and cards is just AWESOME! Then there is your Easter projects. Adorable and a must case! Thank you for sharing your projects today! Happy hopping day!

Stampin' Amigos said...

Thank you, Penny--I haven't really used my Berry Box die or my Curvy Keepsakes die in so long that I felt I really had to pull them out for this hop.

Stampin' Amigos said...

Oh thank you, Deb--looking forward to a new baby in the family!

Stampin' Amigos said...

I'm sure you'll make some truly fantastic Easter critters for your grandsons, Heidi! Thanks for your kind (as always) comments!

Stampin' Amigos said...

Thanks, Leanne; so glad you joined the hop!

The Lady & Her Stamps said...

Hi Priscilla! You're creations are so sweet! I love the 3x3 card box! TFS

QuilterLaura said...

Love the bear family!

Stampin' Amigos said...

Why thank you for the sweet comment!