Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wacky Watercooler March Blog Hop


It's Wacky Watercooler Hop time again and we have a Smorgasbord of wonderful projects for you, covering all kinds of holidays and special days.

If you are following the Hop order, you have just been totally inspired by your visit to Kath R's blog.

For my first project I re-visited two favourite techniques - Triple Time Stamping and Two-Step Stamping. This would make a great Mother's Day card or birthday card and I love this colour-combo of Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangerine Tango, Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi.

The cardstock colours of Very Vanilla and Baked Brown Sugar add to the vintage-y feel. And I couldn't help myself - just had to use some of my favourite Pearl Basic Jewels and Linen Thread. I find myself using those a lot! 

These are the supplies:
Stamps: Stippled Blossoms,Chalk Talk
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangerine Tango, Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar
Other: Pearls Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Chalk Talk Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-Jig

Next up is a project inspired by Jean Fitch. She featured this treat holder in her post for our February Blog Hop here. I adapted it to hold the Lindt chocolate bunnies and also I wanted the front to be lower than the back.

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - a sentiment for every occasion! 
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Summer Starfruit cardstock, Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper - a free Sale-a-Bration item still available until March 31.
Other: Word Window punch, Pool Party Twine - another free Sale-a-Bration item from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Candy Dots - another favourite embellishment! And of course the delicious Lindt chocolate bunnies.

For my final project, I was inspired by a card created by Helen Read. who used a technique called Direct-to-Paper and she calls A Painterly Background. Whatever you call it, it is beautiful. I love that technique, but decided to do something else. And, she inspired me to use a stamp set I just had to have - and then never used! How many of you do that?

Using markers, I scribbled Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate and Baked Brown Sugar onto an acrylic block. After spritzing with water using a Stamping' Spritzer, I used the block like it was a stamp and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.

It's like magic the way the colours flow and blend all by themselves.

After putting my card together, I looked at it and wondered if it need embellishments. What do you think? This is the first one I did:

And because this is actually a very quick card to make, I did another one and used some Linen Thread and a Naturals button. This set is also very versatile with three image stamps and three sentiments that can be used for multiple occasions.
Please leave a comment and tell me which one you like the best!

Stamps: Wetlands
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Black Staz-On
Cardstock: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Early Espresso
Other: Linen Thread, Naturals button

And now, as you continue your journey by clicking on the Next button below, we are excited to have Stefanie Pletscher join us for her first Hop with the Wacky Watercooler gang.


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  2. Sorry, Gail, I got confused about whose blog I was commenting on - I do love your projects, and the Wetlands card without embellishments is my favorite - it's so serene!

  3. Gail, love your projects. That Wetlands card is super nice.

  4. Your triple-time stamping card is gorgeous, Gail! I'm going to have to try the little chocolate holder - how cute is that?! I agree with KatheD - my favourite Wetlands card is the one without embellishments - maybe I just like the darker tone of the colours, because they're both great!

  5. Oh! I love the chocolate bunny box.... you and Jean are inspiring! Thank you for sharing... now if only I had a reason to make a chocolate bunny box.... :)

  6. I love both of the watercolor cards. I have got to try that technique.
    The triple stamped card is so pretty.
    Have planned to do that little box for Easter candy as well.

  7. OH WOW!!!! Love all your projects! The color combo is stunning on your first card! I will be CASEing that for sure. You've finally convinced me to buy the stamp set on your second card - it's pushed me over, lol! Gorgeous, gorgeous watercolor effect. (You guys are just too talented and make me look bad, lol!)

  8. Great colour choices, and projects overall!

  9. Great projects, Gail. Love the bunny treat holder.

  10. Love the Wetlands card and technique. Also, brilliant adaptation of Jean's project from the last hop!!

  11. Gorgeous!!! Love the pearls on the Stippled Blossoms card. And the wetlands card is beautiful. I like both versions.

  12. Your cards are so lovely. And great idea with the little treat holder.

  13. I prefer your first wetlands card. I haven't had success with the acrylic block technique but I think I will have to try again.
    The triple-time stamping card is darling. Love your choice of colours.

  14. Inspiring entries one and all Miss Gail. Love your adaptation of the treat folder but I'm afraid those bunnies if sitting on my desk wouldn't make it to Easter no matter how cute the folder to keep them in. Those ears peeking up just makes me want to bite them as I do all my chocolate Easter bunnies. For others less chocolate addicted though...absolutely perfect. LOL
    Love that painterly background technique and what you've done with it. So sad when rubber sits unloved on a shelf isn't it? I'm sure glad you inked up such a wonderful set and shared it with the hop. Thanks for hopping another month with your Wacky Watercooler sisters. See you for a sipping chat around the cooler soon. Hugs - J.

  15. Gail, as usual I love your projects. The little bunny chocolate holder is on my list to CASE for Easter. I have you and Jean to thank for the idea. Of course using the Envelope Punch board is great because it just moves it up on my customers' "to buy" lists. I'm not going to choose either one of those Wetlands cards over the other. Both are great! While I love the simplicity of the unembellished one, I also love the edginess of the one with the twine and button. Beautifully done...thanks so much for sharing.


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