Stampin’ Up has a new Annual Catalog! Join the Wacky Watercooler New Catalog(ue) Blog Hop now in progress!

Wacky Watercooler New Catalog(ue) Blog Hop
Welcome to the Hop from Oregon, USA!
We’re featuring products from Stampin’ Up’s 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.
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(click to view the catalog in a flip book or here to download the US PDF)

Welcome to this first stop on a new hop.  As you can see a new group is starting a new hop tradition.  Perfect timing too what with a new annual catalog(ue) just released last month.   If you started somewhere in the middle or are moving backwards you’ve arrived from Jeannine Tarrio’s wonderful blog – Jean Stamps.   Nice symmetry don’t you think to begin and end with a Jean?  Jeannine has a wonderful talent for putting together unrelated elements in new ways to create a wonderful project.   I’ve been following her work on our Demonstrator Site Showcase Board for some time now.  I always find inspiration in her pages and am thrilled she elected to join the hop.

The Watercooler I always see in my mind’s eye…..
the-watercooler-harold-shull - You have your watercooler...I have mine
When I’m really standing here:
psst...the holiday catalog arrived at my house today
or here:
the original watercooler
Why the (ue) in the title and who are the Wacky Watercooler demonstrators you ask?

We are a creative group of Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who hang out together on our demonstrator website in the Wacky Women’s Watercooler thread. We share stamping, business, life, love, animals and pretty much whatever comes into our heads with a generally wacky slant on most things. Luckily being virtual the watercooler is always open for fun, frivolity and most of all creativity.

The (ue)?

As you can tell from the banner we’re celebrating the recent release of Stampin’ Up’s latest Annual Catalog or for those of you from overseas or Canada…the Annual Catalogue.   Ah…ha….now you get the banner right?   We melded both North American spellings into one form “catalog(ue)”.    Our wacky watercooler crew of demonstrators this hop are from Canada and the United States so you’ll see a few different spellings as you travel the hop.   A common continent but with distinct spelling and language differences.

Follow on hops we hope to add other Watercooler members from around the world.    You’ll want to bookmark  our Home Hop Site…we have a Holiday Catalog(ue) Hop in the works that should launch next month.

Here we go!
Happy Birthday Epic Day Style

Speaking of around the world….the pattern for my first project was inspired by an Australian demo (Hi Tanya!) who posted a wonderful tutorial video that got my creative juices flowing.   One lovely gift box with an inner pouch to hold the gift from one sheet of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper.   Once you get the technique down you can make one in about 10 minutes (not counting the belly band).  One warning if you want to recreate from the video…Tanya muffed one of the measurements on camera but has them correct further on and in the description for the video.

As you’ll see from all my projects I’ve fallen in love with the This and That Epic Day series of products from our new annual catalog.   I love the shabby chic look of the papers, stickers and Washi Tape that all coordinate with our new This & That Journal.   The edgy colors took me a little bit of time to warm up to but now I’m hooked – the style got me right away. LOL.    The nice thing about these papers…they work for either gender as you’ll see.

Epic Day Gift Box & Belly Band - watermarked


Stamps: A Round Array (new in this catalog)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Marker, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (one full sheet).   Garden Green, Calypso Coral & Daffodil Delight Cardstocks.
Punches: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, 7/8″ Scallop Circle, Builder Bird
Other: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Crotchet Trim, dimensionals.
Epic Day Gift Box Montage
(Click the picture for a close up view)
Isn’t that a fun box?  If you’ve been hoarding papers it’s time to break them out.  You can create a pile of these (they fold and store flat) and have them ready for gifting times.  Super idea for recycling gift wrap materials like we all do these days…one box can be passed around the family for quite some time…they are really quite sturdy.   All you’ll need to add is a belly band.  Girl it up a little like I did with a strip of Stampin’ Up’s Crotchet Trim ribbon or add some  washi tape for a color accent for a guy.  Guys like tape right?
Next up in our new annual catalog parade of products:
A technique CASE from our recent Stampin’ Up Convention.   Didn’t get to go this time?   Or still haven’t joined Stampin Up as a demonstrator?  No worries.   Stampin’ Up posted the opening and closing sessions on YouTube.  You can see the 5 wonderful projects Pam Morgan demonstrated on stage and if you want them I’ve created a full set of directions for all 5.  You can download them here.
Epic Day & Label Love Artisan Birthday Card


Stamps: Label Love (new in this catalog)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
Paper: Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper.   Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Pool Party & Daffodil Delight Cardstocks.  Champagne & Silver Glimmer Papers.
Punches: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Small Heart, 1/2″ Circle, Arisan Label.
Other: This & That Epic Day Stickers, Dimensionals.
This card has a built in shaker feature that’s fun and easy to create.  All it takes is a window sheet, a piece of cardstock or in my case Designer Series Paper and some of our wonderful Stampin’ Up Washi Tape to seal the two together.  The rest is punching, layering and decorating.   Did you see the sticker arrow I added at the top as well?   I’m hoping that will give the recipient the idea to shake the card.   The little sticker is from the This and That collection of stickers also new to the Annual Catalog.   And did you spot the new punch shape and matching stamp image?   That’s our new Artisan Label Punch and Label Love stamp set (both are available together in a discounted bundle).
To match the distressed look of the papers and tape I made a point not to fully ink all the stamps in my projects to produce a more distressed image.   Do you know how many try’s it takes to make something imperfect look good?  😀

I loved how well our Tea Lace Doilies took the ink too.  I snipped a scrap of doily and then inked it directly on the ink pad.  A tad messy since I used my fingers but very quick and easy.   One other detail you might not have noticed.  The birthday greeting and scallop backing is one of our new returning colors.  Bermuda Bay.  Don’t you love how it pops with the Calypso Coral without overpowering the Pool Party?

That’s it for this stop on the hop.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at the New Catalog’s Epic Day Line of Products and a couple of fun ways to use them.

Time to move on to Terri’ A’s blog hop entry.   Terri is one of our Canadian Wacky Sister Demos and always has something wonderful to show and great stories to tell in her posts both on her blog and on our watercooler.   Scroll down to an earlier entry and meet her lovely canine companion.  Just click the Next button to get there.

As usual you can work the hop forwards or backwards.  Like wacky water we flow in all directions…rather like creativity don’t you think?

Hugs, love and blessings – Jean

If you get lost along the way just click on the Home button of any blog post and you’ll find a list of hop blogs.
Clicking Next will take you to Terri’s blog stop.
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Want to hop back to see what Jeannine T. did once again?  Click on the Previous Button to get there.

21 Responses

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the interesting effect you created on the shaker card!

  2. Jean, I wish the ‘cooler was always as serene as your 1st picture! 🙂
    I just love your projects – my fav has to be your shaker card – such fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Great projects, Jean!! Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  4. Okay, Jean, now I have to try both these projects! The shaker card looks like pure fun and that hidden inner pouch just needs to be tried. My two favourite DSPs from the new catalogue are the Modern Medley and the Epic Day. They’ve been my “go to” designs and colours when I want DSP. I love the way you’ve used the Epic Day in your projects. It makes them very fresh and inviting. I love this hop—thanks for all your hard work putting it together. 🙂

  5. Jean, I love both your projects! Great take on Pam Morgan’s shaker card – I need to try that. And that box, too.

  6. great projects Jean and thank you so much for the instructions, you are the best as always

  7. Jean, what fun projects!

  8. Great projects, Jean. I love the Epic Day dsp. TFS

  9. Hi Jean,

    I love both of your projects and can’t wait to try them! I love, love, love the Epic Day DSP too!

    Peace, Love & Joy,

  10. Jean, I love the Epic Day This N That Designer Series Paper one-sheet box and coordinating card. I have been wanting to make that box for a while now. Thank you for reminding me of the measurement error, I will be careful when I recreate it from the video.

    I love your take on Pam Morgan’s card from convention. Convention was awesome and your the instructions on Pam Morgan’s projects are awesome! Thanks for taking the time to create such wonderful instructions for them and sharing your talents with everyone!

    • Glad you found the links to directions helpful Jeannine. My one other trouble with Tanya’s video was all in my own brain. I wrote down the scoring measurements the first time through so I wouldn’t have to keep rewinding all the way back to the beginning of the video. Granted one was wrong because of Tanya’s little goof (but that was easily fixed as I went along and heard a different measurement so went back and corrected) the second was purely a case of my hearing one thing and writing down another. I was on my 4th wrong box before it occured to me to go back to the beginning and verify my table of measurements. Sigh…some days I’m a little slow on the uptake.

  11. Jean, these are super! Epic Day is such a favorite for me, I was tempted to buy 3 and get 1 free all in that one design 🙂 I love Pool Party with Bermuda Bay – I paired it with Island Indigo, but your combination does have less contrast, and is perfect with the other colors – I’ll be trying it out soon. And, thanks a million for sharing the directions!

    • Hee, hee. Now that’s funny Kathe to use the same paper for all 4 choices. Understandable though…this really is a fabulous set of papers. Coastal Cabana and Crisp Canteloupe work well with these papers to.

  12. Beautiful projects, Jean. My daughter wants to make that card and I want to make both. Epic Day is my favorite paper this catalog.

  13. Jean, I just have to say that I used the link to Tanya’s tutorial and enjoyed it. She does, however, talk faster than some auction masters that I’ve heard. BTW, I like your choice of colours for the box much better than hers, but that’s purely subjective.

    • Check out Tanya’s blog post on the boxes here – I really like the Houndstooth box. I’ve been playing with papers from last years SAB too and a few others…still like the Epic Day one’s myself the best. Although the Designer Paper Stacks in the family colors make lovely boxes since the colors and designs coordinate well inside and out. Trickiest part for me is coming up with interesting belly bands.

  14. Jean-
    loved your projects! I’m gonna have to make that box soon. Loved the hop as well. Great job!

  15. Totally awesome blog hop – and thank you Jean for the wonderful pdf file! You Rock

  16. Jean – great stuff! Hugs from Liz B in MD. 🙂

  17. Jean, I just love your projects! I am such a sucker for shaker cards and never have met one I don’t want to copy. Thanks for your great directions.

  18. […] My final project is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) a project from our original blog hop 3 years ago; it could be any project, from any of the other participants.  I was intrigued by a folded box that was in Jean Fitch’s post –  here is her original project. […]

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