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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Back to the Watercooler

Yes the Wacky Watercooler gang returns for "part II" of our introduction to the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs.  We have 13 "hoppers" and I hope you'll be sure to visit each site to see what our artists have created.

Our hop is a circle; if you have joined here, welcome!  And please be sure to click the links below to see all the sites.  If you've just come from my friend Penny's blog I know you've been blown away by her skills--I frequently CASE her cards, and today is no exception.

Our goal is to show you some of our favorite new products from these new catalogs, and I will start with a stamp set that surprised me.  I first saw it at the On Stage "convention" in November and decided I didn't "need" it...and then it grew on me.  So here is my rendition of Beautiful You:

This set is a TOTALLY MUST HAVE stamp set!  The gorgeous, stylized drawings of women, added to the fabulously wonderful sentiments AND fantastic fonts make this a go-to set for those special female friends in your life for just about any occasion.

I decided to make a simple, elegant set of cards, all in black and white.  I actually created this first one for my daughter...and the rest is history.

My daughter is very stylish (and skinny) and this just looked like her.  I had a little gift for her, and wanted to include a card, and this was born.  Whisper White Thick cardstock (5" x 10" and scored at 5") is the base for all three cards in the set, along with a 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" Basic Black square.  Then I took a variety of black and white Designer Series papers (from the Neutrals Paper Stack and Pop of Pink) and created my background.

The stamps are all inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White.

And each card has a different, subtle embellishment--Metallic Enamel Shapes on the first card, Basic Black Solid Bakers Twine on the second, and black Sharpie-colored Pearls on the last one.

I thought this would make a lovely gift, so I created a special gift box:

Using a 10" x 10" square of Basic Black and the Envelope Punch Board, this box came together easily.  I covered it with the specialty paper from Pop of Pink (it has gold flecks), and added a Gold Foil bow (from the Bow Builder Punch).

The box is perfect for holding the three cards and envelopes.

So there's project #1 - what do you think?

And Project #2?  Easy peasy:

I LOVE the simplicity of this card.  I needed a special card for a former colleague who just began a new job, and I wanted to use the new Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  I also wanted to try the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, and BAM!  It all came together!

First, that embossing folder.  It actually DE-bosses; the word is sunk into the paper, not raised up.  I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder and then took the circles (2 sizes) from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  Using Tip Top Taupe (stamped off), Soft Sky and Blushing Bride (stamped off) I stamped right over the letters.  But since they are de-bossed, the letters stay white.  Cool, huh?

The ribbon edging the panel is a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  The 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack comes with two rolls of ribbon; the white one is woven with shiny silver accents, and the vanilla ribbon has shiny gold accents--really pretty!

The card base is Soft Sky.  There is a skinny panel of Tip Top Taupe and then a layer of the Falling in Love DSP--a beautiful bokeh look (which I copied onto my de-bossed panel).  And the "New Beginnings" is from the Happy Celebrations set too.  I really loved the way this came out!

So there you have it--my two projects using new items that I wasn't in love with at first, but REALLY grew on me!  Sometimes you just have to try something new!

Now it's time to go visit a favorite virtual friend of mine (who I actually once met in person!), Jean Fitch.  Jean is extremely creative and dares to try new things.   Let's go see what she has to show us today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Look What Just Arrived! (January Paper Pumpkin)

Oh, my, another adorbs treat holder from Paper Pumpkin, just in time for Valentines Day...Take a look:

Wanna get in on the fun?  Subscribe now and get your own bright orange box, delivered right to your door each month.  And what could make it better?  Purchase a 3-month subscription at the discounted rate of $55 and you also get to choose one FREE item from Sale-a-Bration!  And who doesn't love FREE?

Click here to join...and skip to the fun!

Friday, January 13, 2017

They're Baaack...(Well Almost!)

Yes, the Stitched Shapes Framelits are coming back and will be available to purchase on Monday, January 16th.  That's just 3 more days!  Yippee!

See what all the excitement's about:

Want some of your own?  Click here to order on Monday...and start creating beautiful, detailed projects easy as pie!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Birthday Blast (redux)

I had every intention of using today's card for my blog hop last week.  I had created it for a birthday in December and held off posting it, waiting for the hop.  Then I started making a box to go with the card, but things took a turn, and once the box was completed, I didn't think the card matched it.  Back to the drawing board.  But I was excited to end up with this (which was featured in the blog hop over the past few days):

So on to the first card I made using Birthday Blast, a new set featured in the Occasions Catalog.  You'll note a similar color theme, but a much different card:

This card took on a life of it's own.  Does that ever happen to you?  I started with an idea - the star die cut - and this card just grew!

The Star Blast dies are edgelits, meaning that you can make the bottom part as long/short as you want.  Once the stars were cut, I ran the bottom through the Big Shot with the Festive Embossing Folder.  I liked the size, so the card became a 5" x 5" square.

And then there's that frame...I'm in love with the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to use the Watermelon Wonder-striped piece on this card, and kept trying to layer it.  When none of the ideas worked, I simply cut a square hole in the center of the paper and used it as a frame - voila!

That allowed me to add the squiggles in the corners (this is one of the included dies in the Star Blast Edgelits set), and I also cut more stars using Pool Party and Silver Glimmer Paper.

What a fun way to celebrate!

All supplies used can be purchased in my online store by clicking on the photo below:

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Inside the Lines

One of the 2017 Sale-A-Bration offerings is a wonderful designer series paper called Inside the Lines.  These 12" x 12"-sized sheets are black and white for coloring (or not) when using for your creations.  I was first introduced to the fabulous paper at the Stampin' UP! On Stage convention in November, and couldn't wait to order it.

Here's my first card:

This is one of the 4 designs contained in the package, and probably the easiest to color.

I used the new Watercolor Pencils from the Occasions Catalog, along with Blender Pens.  So pretty!

I chose the Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry pencils for my flowers, and then colored the dragonfly with Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  Once blended the colors soften and shade nicely.

You might notice a little sparkle; that's Clear Wink of Stella splashed on the flowers and dragonfly.

A $50 purchase is all you need to qualify for a pack of Inside the Lines, which you then get for FREE!  And who doesn't love FREE?

All supplies used available by clicking on the picture:

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's Time to Sale-A-Brate the New Occasions Catalog

Yes, it's time to say "hello" to the new Occasions Catalog (and the Sale-A-Bration brochure!) with the Wacky Watercooler gang.  This is the first of TWO blog hops this month; c'mon along and see what our artists are showcasing from the new catalogs.  As always, our "hop" is a circle; join anywhere and click the links to the next blog for more samples.  You may have "hopped on" here - Welcome! - or you may have come from my virtual friend, Penny.  Penny has inspired me on many occasions; don't you love what she has done this time?

January is a month full of birthdays for my family.  We have five to celebrate this month, so I always start off the year needing lots of birthday cards.  How fortunate for me to have some brand new birthday-themed toys to play with!

Although I had many new stamps to choose from, I decided to demonstrate a few samples using Birthday Blast and the matching Star Blast Edgelits Dies--such a fun set!  Lookie:

Now THAT'S how to get the birthday rockin'!  This happy set has a huge sentiment (actually two!) to build your card around.  I love the color combo of Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party and Silver--isn't it fresh and lively?

My card base is Watermelon Wonder, and the front took a trip through the Big Shot with the Festive Embossing Folder.  I used two small strips of striped Watermelon Wonder paper from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (so yummy!) and adhered them to the Pool Party paper from the same pack.

The sentiment was stamped in Watermelon Wonder; I added some embossing by running my stylus down the lines of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool on the back side of the paper.

The fabulous "star explosion" was cut with Silver Glimmer Paper and the Star Blast Edgelits, and it was adhered to the back of my sentiment piece; the entire strip is popped up on Dimensionals so it looks like the stars are standing in air.  I also cut the Star Blast with Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder, punching out the stars to add to the front of my card.

And what's a birthday without a present?

I designed a matching gift box to go with my card.  This 4" x 5" box is generous enough for a small gift and was very easy to make.

Start with a piece of Watermelon Wonder, cut 8" x 9".  Score at 2" on all four sides; trim the corners to the score lines:

Add Tear and Tape Adhesive:

and fold into a box:
Be sure to use your bone folder on all the creases to get a good fold:

Repeat the process for the top, cutting your Designer Series Paper a "smidge" larger than 6" x 7", and score at 1" on all four sides. This will give you a top that fits snugly and leaves the Watermelon color showing on the bottom.

A bellyband of DSP that is 2" x 12" is wrapped around the box--it doesn't quite meet on the top, but an oval (cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits) hides the gap.  I stamped little "party squiggles" on the oval, using Pool Party ink:

And that embellishment?  How cool is that?  The Star Blast Edgelits can stand up on your package top!  I cut four pieces--two in Pool Party and two in Silver Glimmer paper--and nested them together.  A mini Glue Dot keeps the tallest stars stuck together, leaving a see-through show-stopper on the top of your box!

I finished by "recycling" all the punched out stars, adding them to the top and sides of my box, along with a cute label:

Who wouldn't love to receive this set?

All of the goodies I used to create this set are available now!  Grab yours and start creating!

And now it's time to go see what the fabulous Christine Guida has to show you; I'm sure you'll be itching to place your Occasions order after seeing her projects!

Thanks for stopping by!