Thursday, October 15, 2015

Anything Goes for the October Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

Fasten your seatbelts! This is sure to be an exciting ride as the theme for this month is Anything Goes. You can visit our home blog for the Wacky Watercooler by clicking here.

I'd like to welcome Lisa to our Hop - wasn't she full of surprises for you? Hope you enjoyed her masterpieces as much as I did!

Now, I'll just jump right in. Since it is Fall, and we do have some wonderful fall-themed items in the Holiday Catalogue, I thought I would do a birthday card and use the awesome Brick Wall embossing folder as well as some of the amazing Into the Woods Designer Series Paper. If you need to make a card in a hurry - this is it!
A colour I haven't used a lot of, is the Tip Top Taupe from the 2015-2017 In-Colour collection in the annual catalogue. I decided to use it as a base and also sponged a bit over the Very Vanilla cardstock after I ran it through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

Mossy Meadow cardstock is perfect to show off one of the flower clusters from the DSP. That was cut using one of the circle framelits. Apologies for using a retired set for the sentiment - it was a piece laying on my table from a previous project and just seemed to be right for this. It is from Perfectly Penned.

I liked the Tip Top Taupe so much I used it for my next card, as well as a brand new stamp set - Winter Wishes. It just called out for a monochromatic look.

This also gave me the chance to use the very cute Reindeer paper clips! Also used the Wonderland trees stamped with Tip Top Taupe for background. The sled is stamped with Soft Suede and highlights are done with the white gel pen. Right behind the image panel is a piece of the fun white corrugated card stock that I sponged with Tip Top Taupe. Snowflakes stamped with white craft ink create a gentle snowfall.

And finally, I just had to play with those fabulous Delicate Ornaments Thinlits!
Using the Gold Foil, I cut the outline ornaments and then cut the solid ornament from the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the combo of the gold, black and white.

Just a bit of colour was added by stamping the holly in Mossy Meadow and Real Red. Scattered in the corners are Basic Black Candy Dots and pearls.

For the hanging ornament, I glued two of the solid die cuts back to back and the topped them with the gold foil detail die cuts. This is where the new Fine Tipped Glue Pen came in really handy!

A little bow tied with the Gold Cording and some more pearls set off the ornament on the card just right. Here's a closeup:
Your next stop on this journey is the inspirational Jean Fitch. Still have that seatbelt fastened? You're really going to need it!! Just click on the 'Next' button to continue.


  1. Nice cards Gail. I always envy those who can use DSP and make a beautiful focal point with it like you did with your first card. Also, I really like the way you used the Wonderland trees behind the sled, very nice! The Delicate Ornaments Thinlits are fabulous! All three projects were wonderful. TFS.

  2. The Taupe on Very Vanilla looks terrific on the brick wall, Gail! Your cards are all lovely and I can see using a lot of those ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree :)

  3. LOVE the flowers against the brick wall, Gail. And the ornament and card are beautiful. And I love the vintage feel of the sled with the trees. The gel pen accents and the corrugated paper are perfect with this.

  4. Hi Gail, what a lovely variety of projects! That first card which uses the circle of DSP is such a wonderful Fall card. I love the colours you've used as well as the Brick Wall background. Your second card is pure vintage and I love that monochromatic look.

    The ornaments are so lovely, both on the card and hanging as an ornament beside the card. The pearls and gold cording are the perfect finishing touch. Thanks so much for sharing your projects for yet another terrific Watercooler Blog Hop.

  5. Great job on your three projects Gail. I really like all the elements in the Winter Wishes card. The reindeer clip looks just terrific. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Gail, beautifully created. I especially love the Winter Wishes card. I have struggled with that stamp set and you gave me some inspiration.

  7. Love your cards Gail! I especially like the Winter Wishes card. I love the shading you did with the white gel pen. Looks great!

  8. Lovely cards, Gail! Love the gold ornament.

  9. I scrolled up and down and back up trying to decided which project I liked best and decided all of them!

  10. I loved all your projects. I love the Tip Top Toupe. I have used it a lot myself. My favorite was the Ornament card. It is very striking.


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