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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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC102 – Love in Red on White CAS Challenge!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC102 – Libby’s Clean & Simple Challenge

Theme: Love in Red on White

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

 Gotta love simple.  Clean and simple that is. Lots of relaxing white space.  And with the theme Libby gave us.  Love in Red on White…you can’t get more simple.  Only one other color besides that clean and relaxing white.  Easy right?  Red is the traditional color of love right?     Of course…that left my brain with way too many other options.  How to express love.  What kind of love?  What stamps to use – yep…I forgot to order the newest Occasions bundle that expresses love so well so I was a tiny bit up a creek…or so I thought.   That led me to a search of all the stamps on my shelves…which of course led me to a bit of reorganization and so on.   So Libby my dear friend…not quite so simple after all.  Though my room is much cleaner now.  LOL

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A Friend Loves at All Times

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I’m blessed with many, many friends.  Ones I love dearly.   So the sentiment from the retired set Banner Blessings  jumped out at me immediately.   A friend loves at all times.  They truly do (if they are truly a friend).   Even if they are a hedgehog and thus a bit prickly at times they still love you…even if you are the hedgehog.  {grin}

Normally in a Clean & Simple Challenge I don’t add much in the way of layers but I decided to take Libby literally when she said red on white.  So…I slapped some red paper on the white paper as well as red ink onto the white paper.  And to top it off…a bit of red ribbon.  I’m thinking love knot thus the knot instead of a bow.  I know…way to many layers of meaning in what is supposed to be a very simple card.   Just to be on the safe side don’t get me started on the meaning of variously sized and quantity of hearts in the punch work.  And please…no comments on the seeming inequity of the left hand hedgie having a tad more heart in proximity than the right hand hedgie.   Yep…way too much overthinking happening here.

The sentiment on the inside of the card is a compilation of the heart from Every Occasion and texts from Love You Lots.  Don’t you love the way clear mount stamps allow you to make a collage on a block for quick repeat stamping?   Made making several copies of this card quick and easy to send to several special friends.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Love You Lots (annual catalog hostess set), Every Occasion (annual catalog), Banner Blessings (retired)

Inks:  Real Red

Paper: Real Red & Whisper White Cardstock.

Punches: Confetti Hearts Border Punch

Tools & Adhesives: 1/4″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon,   Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bone Folder,  Fast Fuse and a Clear Acrylic block or two.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Libby’s CAS Challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for newly updated rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.  And seriously…this week there are only 2 colors (1 if you don’t count the white) and an easy theme to work with. Easy Peasy.

Put a little love in your life this week.  I certainly love you all for stopping in to read and enjoy the challenge posts.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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