August Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: Showcasing Sprinkles of Life and a CASE

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Welcome to the Wacky Watercooler

August Blog Hop.

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  the wonderful and always inventive Miss Gail.    As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.

Do You love sprinkles, life and stamping?

I do!

Then what better kind of hop than one that features a stamp set that covers all three things!

Sprinkles of Life catalog image

Whether it’s sprinkles of raindrops, sprinkles on a cupcake or a sprinkle of flowers…I love sprinkles.  And life for me includes the joy of stamping.   So of course when Stampin’ Up introduced a new Ronald McDonald set called Sprinkles of Life…and added a matching punch…I fell fast and hard in love with both the stamps and the punch!

I love too that Ronald McDonald House Charities also scores with a $3 donation for each set sold (hint, hint…buy it now!).  If you haven’t heard of RMHC it’s a wonderful endeavor that offers housing and help to families who have children in hospitals in various cities throughout North America.  Some houses even have Stampin’ Up demonstrators who take on various projects in the house including providing cards and stamping events to help lessen the stress.


My first Sprinkles of Life original creation….

 Trees in a Box

Trees in a Box - August 2015 Watercolor Hop - Jean Fitch - Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch

This fancy fold is referred to as a Card in a Box.  There are any number of tutorials available though our own Watercooler alum Heidi Weaver has one here.   I’ve adjusted it just a wee bit (making it 5″ tall so I can have some extensions above the back of the box and scoring at 2-3/4″ instead of 3″).

If you are wondering how you mail this…here is the secret of this very cool type of fold.   It folds flat to mail and then pops back out to its 3D loveliness.   Warning…because of the extra thickness you will need to add extra postage.   Oh…and there is an area on the back of the tall back piece where you can leave your message and any watermarking you want to add.

Sprinkles Card in a Box - fold flat - August 2015 WWC hop - Jean Fitch

Here are a few other angles to give you the whole picture:

(click on the pictures to see a larger view)

Sprinkles Card in a Box side - Wacky Watercooler August 2015 Sprinkles of Life hop - Jean Fitch

Sprinkles in a box - detail - Wacky Watercooler August 2015 Sprinkles of Life hop

Note to self…do not work with Red and Green together in future…or else get a proper light box before Christmas!   Turns out those two colors in combination are among the hardest to get an accurate picture of and the background colors for the camera work play a major role as well.   For instance…in the above picture the text is stamped in Real Red…but it looks pink (as in Melon Mambo)!  And the greens are also much darker than they look in the picture.  More Garden Green…less the look of Pear Pizzazz.   The birds actually are pink cardstock but with Real Red ink to provide the outline.


Stamps: Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Punches: Tree Builder, Scallop Oval

Other: Big Shot, Simply Score, Paper Snips, SNAIL, Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Dimensionals, glue dots.


My second Sprinkles of Life original creation….

Flipping for Sprinkles Card

Flipping for Sprinkles - August 2015 Wacky Watercooler Hop - Sprinkles of Life - Jean Fitch

Flipping for Sprinkles - inside - August 2015 Wacky Watercooler Hop - Sprinkles of Life - Jean Fitch

This is my version of Clean and Simple…sort of.  Not much in the way of layers…and pretty much just ink and paper.

A tad hard to tell (though if you click the picture you’ll get a better view) but the hello from the Greetings Thinlits is doubled with two colors.  The outline at the back is Soft Suede and the top layer is Early Espresso.  Can you tell my hankering for chocolate came out in this card.  All that’s missing is a caramel filling. 😀   And once again… it’s hard to tell that the flowers & text are Real Red.   And the greens are also darker.


Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Trust God

Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi

Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Punches: 2″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle

Other: Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder,  Greetings Thinlits, SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Glue dots.


And lastly… we are also CASEing (Copy & Share Everything) the new Annual Catalog yet again… a popular feature of our hops.

The Stampin’ Up 2015 catalog image for my CASE is this one:

2015 Annual Catalog page 18 - Watercolor Thank You

2015 Annual Catalog page 18   –   Watercolor Thank You

And here’s my altered version:

(click to view a close up)

Watercolor Thank You CASE the catalog - 2015 August Wacky Watercooler Hop - Jean Fitch

The concept and layout is still basically the same but the colors, textures and an extra layer are all mine. 😀 I moved from the originals Crumb Cake to Tip Top Taupe.  And from flowers to hexagons for my background.   I love working with the new In Colors and of course black and silver are the perfect accompaniments to the subtle colors in the collection.


Stamps: Watercolor Thank You

Ink Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron Cardstock.  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack

Punch: Banner Triple

Other: Big Shot, Circle Collection Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder,  Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine, SNAIL, Dimensionals.

**Thanks Stampin’ Up for creating such wonderful catalog samples and super tools to CASE with!**


And thank you for coming along for the hop ride.  That’s it for my stop on the hop.  Time to move on over to Miss Jaylin’s, she’s a young demo wanna be with a creative outlook and sweet projects she puts together from her demo grandmother’s stash of materials.

Thanks for Hopping with the Watercooler Gang!

Jean Fitch in pink

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