Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Wacky Watercooler Spring Fever February Blog Hop
Spring is just around the corner! Although, I'm sure it doesn't feel like it in those areas that are still being hit by storms.

Welcome to our Spring Fever Blog Hop! If you are a regular follower, you know that our Hops are circular. For those who are new to Blog Hops, you can either work your way down  the list by visiting the Wacky Watercooler Stamping blog, or if you join in at any point, just keep clicking on the 'Next' button at the bottom to go to the next blog.

If you are following the line-up in order, you have just come from Deborah's blog. Weren't her projects wonderful! 

For my first project, I was all set to jump on the succulent bandwagon. It seems the paper-crafting world has been taken by storm and everyone is making such cute assortments of succulents. So, I got out my Oh So Succulent Bundle - stamp set and matching Framelits, grabbed some Always Artichoke cardstock and my Big Shot, and started cutting out succulent parts.

I got to this point - and everything went off the rails!
As I looked at this, all I could see was a stencil! So I grabbed some Whisper White cardstock, a piece of Stampin' Sponge and a So Saffron ink pad.
Because I had placed the dies as close together as possible in order to maximize cardstock use, I used Post-it Notes to cover up areas I didn't want the ink to spread into. I liked how it was going, so I covered the whole piece, using So Saffron and Bermuda Bay inks. Then filled in the spaces with some of the smaller images from the stamp set using Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy inks. Here's what I ended up with:
After it was trimmed down, I mounted it onto a Bermuda Bay card base. A sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Emerald Envy ink, then cut out with Lots of Labels Framelits, with a Bermuda Bay mat behind and two little So Saffron enamel dots. Here is the finished card:
And, umm, I still haven't made the succulents. But I will!

Next up is a card using Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the Watercolour Pencils. This DSP is so much fun for anyone who likes to colour!
Colours used are: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the pigment. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder, stamped in Archival Black ink, and the cardbase is Old Olive.

Up until two days ago I was still pondering what to do for my third project, when up popped a video on my Facebook newsfeed that grabbed my attention. It was shared by LeeAnn Greff, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. She has inspired my on many occasions. Thank you, LeeAnn!

Her project uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Metallic Thread to do Paper Embroidery. Here's a close-up:
I used Thick Whisper White cardstock (recommended for this technique) to cut the Stitched Shapes circle. For the embroidery part I used the Copper Metallic Thread. The bigger circle is Sweet Sugarplum, and the flower is from Touches of Texture, stamped with Sweet Sugarplum for the focal image, and So Saffron in the background. Here is the full card:
The sentiment is from the Window Shopping stamp set.

And now it's time for you to carry on and enjoy the amazing projects Sheri has for you! Just click on the 'Next' button below. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 106 - Heidi's Clean & Simple Challenge

This week we have a really fun Clean & Simple Challenge, hosted by Heidi, with a bit of a twist - Sparkle!
There are so many choices I could have used for the sparkle part, from the Stampin Up! Glimmer Paper, to the glitter embossing powder from the Holiday Catalogue - even Wink of Stella.

But, I didn't use any of those. What popped into my mind was rhinestones. And just to be a bit different, I used them with the lightbulb image from the Pun Intended stamp set.
The card base is Crushed Curry and the only ink used is Archival Basic Black. I had first coloured the filament part of the light with both clear and gold Wink of Stella, but then went and covered it up with a Faceted Button (ret.). The rays of 'light' coming from the bulb are the rhinestones.

Very Clean & Simple with Sparkle!

So what will you think up? We can't wait to see. Check out Watercooler Wednesday Challenge to see what the other artists have done, then link up your project.

Have fun!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 105 - Marsha's Colour Challenge

Is it Wednesday, already? Yes! And we have a really fun Colour Challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, hosted by Marsha. She has chosen a great group of colours - but you don't need to use all of them - unless you want to.
I was initially tempted to reach for one of my many flower-themed stamp sets, but then I remembered seeing a Facebook Live video posted recently by Stampin' Up!'s CEO, Sara Douglass, in which she demonstrates a different way to do a watercolour wash. It was perfect for highlighting three of these colours.
I interpreted three of the challenge colours as Rich Razzleberry, Peekaboo Peach and Mint Macaron. This technique is so simple! Start with a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock. Take an ink refill of each colour and drop it onto a craft mat - or an acrylic block.

Use your Aquapainter and squeeze a bit of water into your first drop of ink and mix it up a bit. Then just paint a swath of ink across the Shimmery White. Repeat with each colour. Let dry. I love the richness of colour you get with this technique.

I added the dragonflies cut with the Dragonfly Dreams framelits and stamped the sentiment from Love Sparkles (found in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue) with Rich Razzleberry. The card base is also Rich Razzleberry.

To see what the other Watercooler Artists have done, visit Watercooler Wednesday. After you've been inspired, link up your creation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 104 - Kath's Sketch Challenge

At the Watercooler this week we have a Sketch Challenge, hosted by Kath.
This design has a lot of elements but is very nicely balanced.  I  decided to go with a square card - made mine 4" X 4" - and it was a perfect opportunity to highlight my current favourite DSP - the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack.
My card base is Bermuda Bay, one of the colours in this DSP. The three little elements at the top were done by stamping a tiny flower image from the Oh So Succulent stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink. Then I covered them with glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Which made them a bit tricky to photograph. They look a little weird!

The sentiment is also  from Oh So Succlent, again stamped in Bermuda Bay.

For the oval, I used Very Vanilla cardstock, another colour in the DSP, and cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The flower is from Oh So Succlent, stamped in So Saffron, also a colour in the DSP, on Very Vanilla then cut out with one of the dies in the Succulents Framelits.

I did some sponging around the edges of both the oval and the flower shape. The die cuts out little petals within the bigger petals and I used tweezers to bend them up a bit so they caught some of the sponged colour. A So Saffron dot from the Subtles Collection of Enamel Shapes finishes off the middle.

Visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out what the other Watercooler Artists have done with this sketch. When you have been inspired, link up your creation. We can't wait to see what you do!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WWC103 - Gail's Masculine Challenge
Welcome to another Watercooler Wednesday! This week it's my turn to host and the challenge is Masculine Theme: Anything Goes. That means your project can be any colours or design.

For my card, I used the awesome new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. What fun is this folder! It not only embosses - it also debosses, giving you fantastic texture. It's hard to choose which side to use. Unless you use one of Stampin' Up's metallic foils - like I did.
I used Copper Foil and paired it with Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla cardstocks. The inks are Tip Top Taupe, stamped off once, and Always Artichoke. The opening was cut with Lots of Labels Framelits. Just a tip: if I do this again, I would cut the opening on the other side of the Copper Foil so there wouldn't be the mark from the framelit. And, perhaps cut the opening first - then do the embossing. This folder really does produce a deep texture.

A quick, no-muss, no-fuss card! I was able to take the photo of this outside as we finally had a bright, sunny day.

Off you go now to see how the other Watercooler Artists have handled this challenge. Just visit Watercooler Wednesday to see their work and then link up your own.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wacky Watercooler Celebrates Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration: Take Two
Welcome to our second Mini Hop celebrating the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue and the annual Sale-a-Bration promotion. It's an exciting time of year to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I attended OnStage Local in November and got a sneek peek at both catalogues, as well as the chance to play with new stuff. And -- brought a lot of new stamp sets home with me!!! And the brand new Watercolour Pencils.

As our Blog Hop works in a circular fashion, you can work your way around be clicking on the 'Next' button to take you to each participant's blog. If you have been following along, you've arrived here from Jayme's blog. We are so happy to have her join our line-up.

First up is a card I did using several new products: Hey Chick and Tie Dyed stamp sets, Watercolour Pencils and Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.
I used the Calypso Coral Ombre Stampin' Pad (found in the annual catalgue) to ink up the large stamp from Tie Dyed and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock, then mounted it onto Emerald Envy. It is a two-step stamp, but I only used one of the images.

Next, I stamped the chicken on Whisper White CS, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and coloured with Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie Watercolour Pencils. I did some blending with a Blender Pen. The chicken is popped up on Dimensionals.

Add one of the patterns from Cupcakes and Carousels DSP onto a Crumb Cake card base - and I think it makes a fun thank you!

Next up is a card I CASE-d (Copy And Share Everything) from the Occasions catalogue. The Dragonfly Dreams suite grabbed my attention as soon as I laid eyes on it at OnStage! You can find it on Page 26, along with the sample I CASE-d. This sample is actually the reason I ordered the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack.

This card has a lot going on! If you look closely, you can see Emboss Resist, using So Saffron and Bermuda Bay inks. There are die-cuts using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. The strip of diamonds at the top is from the DSP. And finally, there is a pearl on the gold foil dragonfly and a button (from a retired collection) with a linen thread bow on the Early Espresso/Bermuda Bay dragonfly.

All the colours are taken from the DSP. Sometimes it's really fun to CASE a project, especially one from one of our catalogues. Whoever designed this did a wonderful job, I think!

Next up, is Penny. I know you are going to love her projects! Just click on the 'Next' button to see what she has done.