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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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