Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Wacky Watercooler Spring Fever February Blog Hop

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Spring is just around the corner! Although, I'm sure it doesn't feel like it in those areas that are still being hit by storms.

Welcome to our Spring Fever Blog Hop! If you are a regular follower, you know that our Hops are circular. For those who are new to Blog Hops, you can either work your way down  the list by visiting the Wacky Watercooler Stamping blog, or if you join in at any point, just keep clicking on the 'Next' button at the bottom to go to the next blog.

If you are following the line-up in order, you have just come from Deborah's blog. Weren't her projects wonderful! 

For my first project, I was all set to jump on the succulent bandwagon. It seems the paper-crafting world has been taken by storm and everyone is making such cute assortments of succulents. So, I got out my Oh So Succulent Bundle - stamp set and matching Framelits, grabbed some Always Artichoke cardstock and my Big Shot, and started cutting out succulent parts.

I got to this point - and everything went off the rails!
As I looked at this, all I could see was a stencil! So I grabbed some Whisper White cardstock, a piece of Stampin' Sponge and a So Saffron ink pad.
Because I had placed the dies as close together as possible in order to maximize cardstock use, I used Post-it Notes to cover up areas I didn't want the ink to spread into. I liked how it was going, so I covered the whole piece, using So Saffron and Bermuda Bay inks. Then filled in the spaces with some of the smaller images from the stamp set using Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy inks. Here's what I ended up with:
After it was trimmed down, I mounted it onto a Bermuda Bay card base. A sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Emerald Envy ink, then cut out with Lots of Labels Framelits, with a Bermuda Bay mat behind and two little So Saffron enamel dots. Here is the finished card:
And, umm, I still haven't made the succulents. But I will!

Next up is a card using Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the Watercolour Pencils. This DSP is so much fun for anyone who likes to colour!
Colours used are: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the pigment. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder, stamped in Archival Black ink, and the cardbase is Old Olive.

Up until two days ago I was still pondering what to do for my third project, when up popped a video on my Facebook newsfeed that grabbed my attention. It was shared by LeeAnn Greff, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. She has inspired my on many occasions. Thank you, LeeAnn!

Her project uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Metallic Thread to do Paper Embroidery. Here's a close-up:
I used Thick Whisper White cardstock (recommended for this technique) to cut the Stitched Shapes circle. For the embroidery part I used the Copper Metallic Thread. The bigger circle is Sweet Sugarplum, and the flower is from Touches of Texture, stamped with Sweet Sugarplum for the focal image, and So Saffron in the background. Here is the full card:
The sentiment is from the Window Shopping stamp set.

And now it's time for you to carry on and enjoy the amazing projects Sheri has for you! Just click on the 'Next' button below. Thanks for stopping by!
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16 comments:

  1. Oh Gail I can so identify with you on your first project. I waited and waited for those dies to arrive and then when they did, I didn't have time to give them a workout, but I did do a one-sheet wonder using the stamps. Great way to use the DSP on your second card. I haven't tried the water colour pencils yet, but they look like they'd be fun. Your final project Absolutely had me at first glance. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe it. A lot of work, but certainly well worth it Gail. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Penny. I do still plan on making succulents! As for the paper embroidery - it only looks like a lot of work, but it's really very easy. You should check out LeeAnn Greff's video.

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  2. Great alternate use for the succulent thinlits, Libby - I like it! All of your projects are great, and kudos to you for trying out LeeAnne's stitching (you much braver than I!)

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    1. Thanks Deborah. Since I've been cross stitching again, when I came across her video I just had to give it a try!

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  3. LOL Gail...I thought I was the only one that got sidetracked while working on a project...Love what you did with the succulents mask that you made. Great colouring with the watercolour pencils. And OMG...the paper embroidery is definitely a show stopper..Looks FABULOUS. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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    1. Happens to me all the time! Thanks for your kind comments.

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  4. Sometimes being sidetracked turns into a wonderful thing. paper embroidery turned out lovely.

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    1. Thanks Kath. Makes me think the idea was just lurking and wouldn't pop out until I started doing the thing I had actually been thinking about. Wow - that sounds complicated!

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  5. Gail, your succulent card is such a happy card, it made me smile! Love how you made a stencil out of what most of us would have thrown away! Really like how you colored the Designer Series Paper on our second card. Your third card is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Marie. I've been watching a lot of mixed media videos, and it's given me some great ideas like that. I plan on using that "stencil" on a mixed media page in the journal I have yet to start. LOL

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  6. Gail, I think what I love best about you is the way you always think outside the box. What a perfect card you've created with your hand-made stencil. Better still, you hadn't intended to make a stencil so it's truly "found" art. Love the colouring you've done on the Inside the Lines paper, of course. But that Copper Metallic Thread embroidery takes the show. Words aren't sufficient---will a heartfelt "WOW" do? I love it and want to try that myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Heidi. Yeah, I've never fit into boxes very well. Guess I'm just a rebel! Yes, a heartfelt WOW works very well - hope you give it a try.

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  7. I am sending a double WOW! Your projects are terrific and give me lots of inspiration to try "different". Your card with the metallic thread is Awesome. Love all the colors you uses as well.

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    1. Thanks Heather. The paper embroidery is really fun - and easy - to do. LeeAnn's video is really easy to follow. Hope you give it a try.

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  8. ......and the succulents? Lol! Sounds like me. Start in one direction end up in a totally different one. Never to go back to the original idea! Anyway, what you did with the leftover, aka, 'stencil' is FABULOUS! Now, that IS unique! You don't see that all over the interweb! Superb job!

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    1. Thanks Libby. I will do the succulents - soon. LOL I think I got the stencil idea because of all the mixed media videos I've been watching.

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