Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Wacky Watercooler 2013 Holiday Blog Hop

Wacky Watercooler New Catalog(ue) Blog Hop

You've just come from the blog of the extremely talented Kathe.

I'm thrilled to be participating in my very first Blog Hop. If you're wondering about the name "Wacky Watercooler" here's a quick explanation:

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is access to a wonderful site called Stampin' Connection. It's a place where hundreds of demos share their creations, advice and encouragement. One of the threads I frequent on a regular basis is called Wacky women's watercooler (renamed once more) men welcome too. It's a place where we talk about everything under the sun - and sometimes about stamping too!

A while ago some of us decided we wanted to do a Blog Hop - and here we are! We agreed to focus on the new seasonal Holiday catalogue.

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I chose for my first project to use the stamp set Truly Grateful. It has an awesome woodgrain stamp that would be great on its own as a focal point or to create your own background. For this project I used Smoky Slate - going for a silvered, barn-board effect. I love this shade of gray. For a pop of colour I went with some Tangerine Tango.

And I just had to make a custom envelope to go with this card using the brand new, absolutely fabulous Envelope Punch Board! I used a piece of the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper that echoes the colours in my card to make a matching envelope. And this is it:

My next two projects feature the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching Festive Flurry Framelits. BTW - they are available as a bundle, giving you a 15% savings. I've done a monochromatic theme using Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla card stock, Crumb Cake ink and seam binding, and added a bit of sparkle with a Vintage Faceted button. The sentiment is from Christmas Messages.

For my final offering I used the combo of Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate with a little bit of Whisper White. Besides a Vintage Faceted button on this, I used rhinestones on the points of the Smoky Slate snowflake and some of the Silver 1/8" ribbon.

Your next stop is Deborah who will have some inspiring samples for you!

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  1. The second card is my favourite. Love the colours, had not thought of doing this combo with snowflakes, very nice! Thank you!

  2. The baked brown sugar mono card is the one I like the best. That colour is so amazing. There is almost a golden quality to it. The effect you created is so pretty.

  3. I love your projects, Gail!! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Gail, you've finally broken me down - your cards convinced me that I HAVE to order the Sweater Weather dsp! My gosh - gorgeous cards! :)
    So glad you're part of the Blog Hop - thanks for sharing your creativity!

  5. Three wonderful cards!!! I think we're all in agreement about being in love with Festive Flurries, lol! I'm so glad you thought to mention the envelope punch board. It's such a handy tool!! Great job!

  6. Such lovely cards! Really got to get the snowflakes soon :)

  7. Lovely snowflake cards, Gail - I'm so impressed that the sentiment on the last card fits inside a snowflake! I especially love your thank you card; I didn't order that stamp set (yet) and I do really love it!

  8. Gail, you're projects are delightful. They have a soft touch about them. Well done!

  9. hi gail, i am enjoying all your cards! when i saw the truly grateful set, i knew i had to have it. i really like the color combo you chose for this design! but all you gals are killing me with the awesome samples using the festive flurry set! i have a weakness for anything using a blue/silver combo & your triple stamping card is beautiful! thanks for the awesome inspiration! smiles, karen ;-)


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