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Thursday, March 13, 2014

a March Wacky Watercooler blog hop adventure

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 We're so glad you've stopped in for the spring smorgasbord Wacky Watercooler March blog hop.  Welcome, whether you've hopped here from The Crafy Medic or just dropped in; as always you can click completely around with Next or Back buttons, and you'll find a full list of fifteen fabulous participants at the Home stop. 

I'm still working on RAK (random act of kindness) ATCs (artist trading cards); I started with a couple of feminine ones and switched to masculine and non-gendered ones.  Just when I thought I should make a couple more "girlie" ones, SUO Challenges asked for pinks and purples.  And, since I had so much fun with the caught in crystal technique, I used it again:
stamp sets - Really Good Greetings, Everything Eleanor; ink - Black Stazon, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush; card stock - Whisper White; Window Sheet, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, miscellaneous white tissue paper
This time I used less re-inker and more Dazzling Diamonds - I think it's just right for "girlie", but it could have used more flowers.

While I had the flower stamps out, I thought I'd have a try at one-layer spring flowers for Less is More:
stamp sets - Express Yourself (hostess), Everything Eleanor; ink - Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate; Stampin' Write marker - Smoky Slate; card stock - Naturals White;  masks: Word Window punch and Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelit

I used Ann Marie's color challenge from The Paper Players and the newest Clean & Simple sketch.    

One reason I bought the Hardwood background stamp from the Spring Occasions catalog is that it's great for masculine cards, but  recently I've seen it used for many flower cards, and the color challenge from Sunday Stamps seemed like the perfect prompt to try one of my own:
stamp sets - Hardwood, Best of Birthdays, Petite Petals; ink - Wisteria Wonder, Baked Brown Sugar; Stampin' Write marker - Wisteria Wonder; card stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White; punches - Petite Petals, large oval, scallop oval; Big Shot with Little Leaves sizzlet; Stampin' Dimensionals, stampin' sponge

I didn't realize until I sat down to type this up that I seem to have a flower theme here, and it's a little odd because I don't really do a lot of flower cards.  I hope you liked them, though, and I know you'll like everything you see at the next stop on the hop, because Buffy always has fabulous projects!
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23 comments:

Buffy said...

Fabulous projects, Kathe!! Your caught in a crystal is GORGEOUS!!! The colors are so soft and pretty. The one layer is perfect - not stark and plain, but just beautiful. And I love the hardwood. Very feminine use the of the stamp - which now I have to get. (Thought I had ordered it, but somehow I missed that one.)

Susan said...

I love all your cards, Kathe. I can't decide which one I like best!

Jackie said...

Love the less is more and the woodgrain cards!! so pretty.

Deborah said...

Your flower theme may have been unintentional, but it worked terrifically, Kathe! You've convinced me I have to get the Hardwood stamp.. :) Thanks for sharing your great projects!

Terri said...

Great job Kathe! You always have such great projects to share!!! So glad to be hopping with you again!

Kath Ricks said...

Kathe, I love the one layer card, I have a hard time creating one layers.

Kath Ricks said...

Kathe, I love the one layer card, I have a hard time creating one layers.

Christine said...

Kath, love the card using Hardwood. So pretty. The Everything is OK card is very pretty and the one layer card is great for that quick card for a class . Thanks for sharing these.

Queenie Jeannie said...

I hope you're feeling better!!!

At least you've been crazy creative - super gorgeous cards!! The woodgrain stamp and new petite petals are new favorites of mine too!

Gail said...

Love all the flowers! Your one-layer card with the circle of flowers is beautiful. Need to try that.

Crafty Medic said...

I love your use of masking! Great work!

Marsha J Reed said...

Great projects, Kathe. Love those petite petals!

Patti said...

Love your floral theme. Your cards are all so lovely.

Bev said...

Splendid crystal technique - and I agree with less is more - super

Julie Gearinger said...

Great job with all of your floral cards! Love the softness of the one created for our "Pinks and Purples" Challenge- thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges :-)

Hayley Kew said...

Gorgeous collection of cards!!! My fav would have to be the one you created with our colours, love the combination of stamps you chose :) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sunday Stamps, we sure hope to see you around again soon!!!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Love them all Kathe though I have a soft spot for the one layer flower card. I'm a CAS kind of gal myself most of the time. Love the idea of using the circle to limit the images and create focal interest. Of course with my addiction to the Petite Petals bundle your last entry really warms my heart too. Now to research this "caught in crystal" technique you mentioned. Totally new to me and looks interesting. Thanks for hopping and adding your "wacky" touch to the watercooler along with all your other "wacky" sisters. Hugs - J.

OttawaMom said...

All the cards are lovely but my fav is the last one. The sweet flowers look so pretty against the woodgrain background. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sunday Stamps!

Kathya said...

Kathe, beautiful flower projects! How cool that you used our Sunday Stamps color challenge for this blog hop! Thanks for joining us, hope you will join us again.

Joan Jeffery said...

Great projects! My favourite is the group of flowers "growing" up through the planks of wood. Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps.

Deena Boos said...

Love these, Kathe! The pink background you created is awesome; that is such a cool technique! Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges!

Karen Barber said...

Beautiful work!!

Heidi Weaver said...

Kathe, I love your projects! What a wonderful look you've achieved with that caught in crystal technique! I am definitely going to try my hand it at. Actually anytime I can find a reason to use Crystal Effects, I'm a happy camper. The one-layer masked flower card is really gorgeous! It's proof positive that less is more. I agree that flowers can be used on masculine cards and love the way the Petite Petals look against the hardwood. Thanks so much for sharing.