Wacky Watercooler January 2017 Mini Blog Hop #2: Occasions Catalog Redux!

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Hello & welcome to the second of our two mini January Hops

This month we’re offering two mini hops since the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just went live January 4th.  There is just too much stamping goodness to contain ourselves to one single hop!

Once again we’re showcasing the new Occasions Catalog and also the freebies from the Sale-a-Bration products.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  You can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.

Today I’m honored to be starting the hop but if you are working the hop in a reverse circle you may have arrived from Priscilla’s blog.   Amazing work as always Miss Priscilla.  I always find wonderful CASE ideas from her shared projects.

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Today I drew my inspiration from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Using the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit dies and the new Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder it was easy to create a very simple but colorful card.

Inside the Lines Dragonfly Dreams

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake, Beautiful You (inside sentiment)

Ink: Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum

Paper:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay & Very Vanilla Cardstock CardstockInside the Lines Designer Series Paper

Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Hello You Thinlit Dies, And Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder, Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine, Bone Folder, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Foam Brayers.

Measurements:

Bermuda Bay Cardbase: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”

Basic Black Layer: 3-3/4” x 5-1/2”

Inside the Lines DSP: 3-1/2” x 5-1/2”

Very Vanilla inside mat: 4” x 5-1/4” + scraps for words and dragonfly

I love the soft feel of the colors and elements.  Nice too that the drawn picture is already there and waiting since I don’t have those types of artistic talents.  Thanks Stampin’ Up for giving us a wonderful starting spot to play with.

A very easy card.  Because I created this card for a class I used three foam brayers (they come 2 to a package) so that there would be one brayer for each of the three colors applied to the Inside the Lines Paper.  Basically I CASE’d the card from page 10 of the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I decided to mat the brayered piece with Basic Black (and then embossed the matted piece) to really make the colors pop and then used a Bermuda Bay cardbase to add a bit more pop and color.  I found that this layout worked with most if not all of our various die cut words.  Turned out the most popular word in class was sunshine!  Possibly because of all the rain going on?  I loved the way the dragonfly tail could run right into the “n” of the thanks so most of my versions used the thanks.  After all…who can’t use a few cards saying thanks!

Now it seems I’m going to need even more of this paper as all 22 people in class pretty much used up the whole pack!  Between this brayered version and the one I shared in a recent card color challenge I’m using up the three ink colors reinkers and the paper incredibly fast!

Click the link below to download a PDF of the directions and pictures:

Inside the Lines Dragonfly Card by Jean Fitch

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My dear friend Germaine sent me a gorgeous card using the new SAB set Avant Garden and since she doesn’t have a blog couldn’t participate today.  So…I decided to add her card to the hop via my blog.   She wanted me to tell you that this card is a CASE of one by Brandy Cox found here.  I love the ribbon and other alterations she made don’t you?

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Supplies:

Stamps: Avant Garden (SAB freebie)

Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive

Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White Cardstock,

Other:  3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Brights Sequin Assortment,  Bone Folder,  Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

Love the way the dotted background paper was homemade with a stamp from the set and a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Super!  The images are fairly quick to fussycut too.  So overall not too hard and a very elegant look.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation Miss Germaine!  I know I’ll be CASEing this cool project this weekend.

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One last shared project from my sideline Linda.  I saw this card at our Stamp Camp last Saturday and knew you’d want to see it.  Didn’t have time to case it myself so this is Linda’s original work based on a sample from the Occasions Catalog.  I have to say…this card is the one that convinced me to order the Sealed with Love bundle of stamps and dies and the coordinating paper stack.   I really didn’t think I needed another Valentine set but it turns out I do!  Nice that I can save 10% off it as well don’t you think!   Thanks Linda.  My budget isn’t quite so sure.  LOL

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wacky-watercooler-january-2017-hop-2-sending-love-interior-linda-millerInside of card with the “love note” inside the envelope.

wacky-watercooler-january-2017-hop-2-sending-love-interior-detail-linda-millerCute the way the little love note pops right out of the envelope.

Both the envelope and the love note are created with dies from the set.

Supplies:

Stamps: Sealed With Love

Ink: Versamark, Real Red

Paper: Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White Cardstock, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (inside), Gold Foil

Other:  Big Shot, Love Notes Framelit Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Bone Folder,  Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

I love the touches of gold that add a touch of elegance to the soft and subtle feel of the Soft Sky.  Even though Real Red is a bold and bright color it fits right in with the softer feel of the other colors.   Totally loving this card.  Thanks Miss Linda for sharing your creation for the hop.

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.   As you can see, the products I’ve shown will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Occasions and Annual Catalogs.  Don’t forget…from January 4th through March 31 your purchases may also earn you extra SAB freebies!   Sweet!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Heidi’s Blog   Heidi is not only our coordinator for the hops and challenges our group participates in but she is an original and crafty lady in so many ways.  My CASE file overflows every time I visit her blog.  I’m so thankful that she recovered from her pneumonia (or mostly anyway) in time to participate in this hop.   Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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Wacky Watercooler January 2017 Mini Blog Hop #1: Occasions Catalog is Here!

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Welcome to the first of our two mini January Hops

This month we’re offering two mini hops since the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just went live January 4th.

We’re showcasing the new Occasions Catalog and also the freebies from the Sale-a-Bration products.

Are you wondering how we all created projects with products that were just available as of yesterday?   We’re all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators!  And…we get our hands on new product a month early.  If that sounds good to you check with your demonstrator and sign up today so you’ll be ready for the next new catalog early.  And…demonstrators can earn additional free goodies during Sale-a-Bration!   Okay…back to the hop.  Hee, hee.

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.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from Christine’s blog.   Amazing work as always Miss Christine.  Not only is Christine a wonderful friend but she fire’s up my creative mojo every time with her shared projects.

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For today’s hop I’m concentrating on one of my favorite forms of card.  The notecard!  A tad smaller than the traditional card size but still mailable with standard postage.   I love that they come in a pack of 20 for a mere $6.00.  And…they include the envelopes and are already scored and ready to fold and go!

Using the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit dies it was easy to create a very simple notecard (took about 5 minutes or less (love, love, love that silky and satiny new vanilla ribbon too).   Then I created a slightly more stepped up notecard.   Given how many notecards come in the package it would be easy to create an entire set to give as a gift.  A little specialty paper, washi tape or ribbon and a set of dies and you are ready to get creating.   Of course the Dragonfly dies also come as part of a bundle with a wonderful set of stamps and at a 10% discount so I’d look at that before you grab just the dies.  😀

Dragonfly Delight Notecards

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january-2017-watercooler-occasions-hop-dragonfly-notecards-group-jean-fitchThe paired set

january-2017-watercooler-occasions-catalog-hop-dragonfly-card-inside-jean-fitchthe inside

 

The Clean and Simple Version

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper:  Very Vanilla Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack

Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Bone Folder, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

A very quick and easy card.  Fold and crease the notecard, tie on the new luscious ribbon, die cut a grouping of dragonflies (it’s all in one die so easy to cut and glue down).  And lastly, stamp a sentiment from the new Swan Lake set ( I love the idea of dragonflies not exactly having a plan for their travel don’t you?), banner cut the ends and apply with dimensionals.  Stamp a few images from Swan Lake on the inside and you’re done!   Oh…and the notecards use regular postage so no worries there.

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The Stepped Up Urban Underground Version

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack

Other:  Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Bone Folder, Urban Underground Washi Tape, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

In this version of the notecard I played a bit more with papers and replaced ribbon with washi tape (easier and more affordable so I love that trick.  Easier to mail too!).  The only tricky bit was die cutting a set of dragonflies out of Very Vanilla and then tapping the die cut on the Delightful Dijon ink pad to add a bit of color and definition.  Not really all that tricky but a tad messy that’s for sure unless you use a plastic bag or over cover to keep the ink off your fingers.   I slipped a bit of the same carousel paper behind the Urban Underground.  I thought it gave a bit of a watery background look for the dragonflies.  They do so often fly over water right?

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.   Quick and simple meets the need so often.   And as you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Occasions and Annual Catalogs.  Don’t forget…from January 4th through March 31 your purchases may also earn you extra SAB freebies!   Sweet!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Marsha’s blog.   Marsha is not only an original and crafty lady in so many ways and areas but she’s also our fearless leader this time around.  She stepped in at the last minute when Heidi came down with a winter case of pneumonia and is away from the keyboard.  Bless you Marsha for stepping up and I know we’ll be inspired by her hop contributions.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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