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Thursday, December 11, 2014

best of wacky watercooler blog hops adventure

It's so nice of you to join us for another Wacky Watercooler blog hop - welcome!  We have a spectacular lineup of artists this month, and I'm sandwiched between two amazing people - Christine and Jean.  You can tour all of the hop posts simply by clicking Next or Back from each page, as the hop is circular, or you can navigate from our Home page, as well.  Our theme this time around is The Best of….  We’re going to show you the best of our blog hop posts, the best of retired Stampin’ Up!® products, and the best of current Stampin’ Up!® products. 

That's the plan, anyway.  I drew Marsha Reed's name for choosing the best of blog hop posts.  If you're around my age, you may remember "wish books" from Sears & Roebuck, J.C.Penney, and Montgomery Ward.  My sister and brother and I would sit down each year and page through them together.  I could never choose one "best of" anything, and being the oldest, I could make up the rules (well, sometimes I could), so we chose one best thing on each page.  If you skipped a page, you could choose two things on another page.  And that's kind of how I chose "best of" for this hop. 

I chose the second card in Marsha's August post to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) because I love the simplicity and the way she turned the triplet of trees into a line.  I copied it pretty closely, right down to the placement of the rhinestones, which I usually forget to use.  I wish I could have copied the straightness of her line, but let's just call my crooked line "charming", ok?
stamp set - Christmas Bliss; Stampin' Write marker - Mossy Meadow; card stock - Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; designer series paper - Confetti Celebration; Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelits; basic jewels - Rhinestones; Stampin' Dimensionals

But of course I couldn't choose one "best" post, so I also chose the second card from this post to showcase "best of" retired Stampin' Up!® products.  I couldn't even choose just one "best of" retired product, so I've included a selection of retired designer series papers, retired stamp sets, retired punches, a retired Big Shot die, and a retired embellishment!
stamp sets - Joyful Christmas, Ornament Keepsakes (on envelope); ink - Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; designer series papers - Deck the Halls, Snow Festival, Season of Style; punches - Scallop Trim border, Large Heart; Big Shot with Perfect Pennants die; stitched felt embellishment - Handmade Holidays; basic jewels - Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

And then I chose the second card from Marsha's January post and used her layout to showcase "best of" current Stampin' Up!® products - designer series paper,  stamp set and framelits bundle, and background stamp:
stamp sets - Hardwood, Wonderful Wreath; ink - Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky; card stock - Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; designer series paper - All is Calm; Big Shot with Wondrous Wreath framelits; Stampin' Dimensionals 

Please hop over to Jean's Stamping Studio in the Rogue Valley for her Rogue Thoughts on the "Best Of ..." or use the links below to go back to Christine's Dancin' Stamps or the Wacky Watercooler Home site to continue your blog tour.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

another thankful Thursday adventure

I was saying (last week) that I have a friend who posts Thanksgiving pictures on Facebook every day of November, because Christmas shouldn't start until after Thanksgiving.  She's not a crafter - crafters know you have to (ok, want to) work on Christmas all year!  But, I've been helping out a little by linking to Thanksgiving songs on Sundays and posting cards here on Thursdays.  This week I found color inspiration at Fab Friday and a sketch at Nacho Average Challenges as well as encouragement at Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers, Pile it On, Stampin' Royalty. and SU-Only Challenges.  And while we're linking up to challenges, we may as well check in at Addicted to Stamps and More!, where anything goes this week, don't you agree?
stamp set -  Truly Grateful; ink - Versamark, Baked Brown Sugar; card stock - Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Autumn Accents die

I'm thankful that I have time to post this evening, I've once again been running behind, but I do have a greeting to send each of our children's families for Thanksgiving, now!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

adventures of distraction

Last night as I lay sleeping (not), I suddenly realized that if I'm having a long weekend out of town later this week, and my next Card Buffet Stamp-a-Stack events take place the following weekend, I'd better get something planned.  I have some Christmas cards ready that I haven't offered yet, but it's nice to have a card that can serve other purposes, such as a thank you or a birthday.  The colors at Color Throwdown are a good start for that, as are the snowflakes in Endless Wishes.  I also suddenly realized, just about an hour ago during a period of distraction from buffet planning, that I hadn't left any comment-love for my fellow Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop participants last month, and lo-and-behold, Jean had the *perfect* card, which I jumped right of my seat to go and CASE*:

stamp sets - Endless Wishes, Endless Birthday Wishes; ink - Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant Memento Tuxedo Black; card stock - Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise

Before I was distracted, I was thinking about the Christmas cards we might make, and I flipped through my designer series papers.  I found this beautiful silver-foiled specialty paper that I had forgotten was included in the All is Calm set.  It just called out to be used for the Silver challenge at Stampin' Royalty:
stamp set - Cheerful Christmas; ink - Versamark, Encore Silver (on envelope); stampin' emboss powder - Silver; card stock - Silver Foil, Night of Navy; designer series paper - All is Calm; Big Shot with Deco Labels framelits
There seems to be a bit of reflection making the silver seem like gold in the photo, but it really is silver in real life, I promise - I wish you could see it, it's one of my favorites this year.  I wanted a narrower border for the silver foil mat, and used a craft-knife to trace around the framelit that I used for the sentiment.  That's too fussy for mass production, so we won't making this card at Card Buffet, but I do have another option that incorporates Silver-embossed Cheerful Christmas.

As unusual as it is for me, each of these two cards qualifies at only one challenge - maybe because I was feeling late and distracted, but that seems to be completely normal for me, most of the time, so I'm not sure that's really the cause.  Whatever the cause, I like the effects.

 (*Copy And Share Everything)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday adventure

I have a friend who posts Thanksgiving pictures on Facebook every day in November, and I thought I'd join in a little this year.  Sunday I found a song on You Tube that I linked to my Facebook page for her, then I found this on another friend's page:

But mainly, I thought I'd try to make and post one Thanksgiving card each week.  I wanted to use the Truly Grateful stamp set, so I looked through some challenge blogs for color and sketch ideas.  Paper Craft Crew has a great sketch and The Card Concept has a beautiful Thank"Fall" inspiration photo.  Just Us Girls is looking for wreaths, so this is how I combined all of that:
stamp sets - Truly Grateful, Wondrous Wreath; ink - Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand; card stock - Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip; designer series paper - Flashback; punch - Cupcake Builder; Big Shot with Wonderful Wreath and Bitty Banners framelits
The photo at The Card Concept inspired my color choices, and I like that the striped designer series paper and the wood grain panel echo the lines of the siding and the wheelbarrow.  Since my card is fairly clean-lined with some "white" space but has many layers, I think it fits the Clean and Layered style.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

double creature feature adventure

I've been meaning to play along with Rudolph Days at Stamping For Pleasure, but I keep forgetting.  I made a special effort this month, and decided to combine it (I know that doesn't really surprise you) with Jingle Belles' Creature challenge.  In typical challenge-combining mode, I decided to incorporate several other challenges, as well, but let's start with the first card, and then I'll tell you more:
stamp set - White Christmas; ink - Versamark, Soft Sky; Stampin' Emboss powder - Gold; markers - Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, White Chalk, Gold Stampin' Dazzle; Aquapainter; Vanilla Smooch Spritz; card stock - Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand; designer series paper - Moonlight; Big Shot with Labels Collection framelit; Envelope Punch Board; Stampin' Dimensionals  
This one is a CASE from page 18 (lower left image) in the Holiday catalog, for CASE-ing the Catty.  I pretty much made the same card with a different stamp set - I even rounded the lower right corners of the image and mat layers, but then I mounted the sentiment over the corner - oops - it seemed to fit there best, though.  That bitty little snip of designer series paper qualifies this card at Pixie's Snippets Playground, too, so I'll be joining in the fun there.

While I still had White Christmas out, I decided to combine the vellum challenges at Addicted to CAS and Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges:
stamp set - White Christmas; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - White; card stock - Vellum, Lost Lagoon; Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelit; Stampin' Dimensionals
Addicted to Stamps is looking for CAS - I think this one will fit right in.

Christmas Card Challenges and The Pink Elephant are both accepting Anything Goes this week, so both cards fit in there.  And finally, since this is one of my more challenge-filled posts, and since both cards are scenes I created (no one said they needed to be difficult!), I'd like to join in at Pile It On, as well.