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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Watercooler Anniversary hop adventure

Earlier this week I got back to challenges, now I'm back to blog hopping - Woot! fun and more fun!  This is the 3-year anniversary of Watercooler blog hops.  You can find the home page for the original hop here.  I enjoyed revisiting those projects (they're still wonderful), but we were a bit inexperienced with permanent links back then, so it's no longer circular, as intended, and you'll have to return to the homepage and hop from there in order to see all of the original 2013 pages.  Three years later, we've had some practice, so you'll find the circular, permanent links should all be in working order.  Since you can progress all the way around simply by choosing Next or Back links, you've likely just been wowed (as I always am) by Deb's projects, and you'll find Kath's amazing projects next.

Happy Anniversary to all of us:
stamp set - Number of Years; ink - Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride; card stock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach; designer series paper stack - Playful Palette; Big Shot with Large Numbers framelits and Happy Hearts embossing folder   

This is a gate-fold card, and I forgot to take an "open" picture, but the Anniversary banner opens to the right and the Happy opens to the left.  We made these cards at a workshop last week because the hostess requested a fun/fancy fold.

Unfortunately I completely forgot I signed up for this hop until yesterday, so I had to make my other projects in a hurry!  (See what I did there - "huge hurry"?  Sometimes I just crack myself up)  While I was revisiting our 2013 posts, I knew that Kath's washi Halloween card would be fast-and-easy to CASE, so here's my Thank You to all of you for joining us in our special celebration:
stamp set - Rose Wonder; ink - Basic Black; card stock - Emerald Envy; designer washi tape - Playful Palette

I also CASE'd my third card (from Tracy Evans Langley), using Marsha's beautiful color challenge from Watercooler Wednesday (because I just couldn't resist combining the two watercoolers), in combination with three stamp sets that were new in 2013 and are still available three years later: 
stamp sets - Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge, Wetlands; ink - Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum; card stock - Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron

It was so nice of you to join us for our third anniversary; I do hope you'll continue on by choosing one of the buttons below!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

a bright adventure

Just a really quick post tonight so I can play along with the color challenge at Just Us Girls, since it seemed to fit so well with this sentiment:
stamp set - Flourishing Phrases; ink - Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride; card stock - Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; Big Shot with Layering Ovals framelits

The inside sentiment is "so He made you.  Happy Birthday"  I should have taken another photo, but I'm hoping you'll trust me, so I can also link up at Seize the Birthday - thanks!

Please come back tomorrow if you can for the 3-year anniversary Watercooler Blog hop!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

back to challenges adventure

I've been much busier than expected lately and I knew it had been some time since I'd played along at any challenges, but more than a month?  I didn't even notice.  I did notice a bit of a paradox in my pair of cards today.

My CAS butterfly card for Watercooler Wednesday was inspired by the colors of Global Design Project's CASE the designer, Steffi Helmschrott's, card:
stamp sets - Watercolor Wishes, Papillon Potpourri, Botanical Blooms, Touches of Texture; ink - Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - gold card stock - Whisper White thick; other tools - Big Shot with Botanical Builder framelits, heat gun, embossing buddy, masking tape, Post-It® notes

Four stamp sets, four ink pads and multiple tools for a one-layer, two-color clean and simple design that took more than 30 minutes to complete after thinking for two days.  On the other hand, only one stamp set and two ink pads for Christmas in July at Stamp Ink Paper using Stephanie's sketch from Jingle Belles, which came together in about 15 minutes as soon as I decided on the designer series paper:
stamp set - Time of Year (hostess); ink - Real Red, Garden Green; Stampin' Write markers - Real Red, Garden Green; card stock - Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Real Red; paper - This Christmas specialty designer series, Delicate White Doilies; embossing folder - Holly; punches - 3/4" circle, 1" circle

No wonder I struggle with Clean and Simple!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

tic-tac-toe watercooler adventure

I think I kind of cheated at tic-tac-toe at the Watercooler this week, if that's possible.  I have such a difficult time choosing from so many options, you know?

We were attending a graduation open house yesterday, for the only two graduates we know this year.  We know them from completely different areas of our lives, but they know each other and had a combined party - isn't that unusual?  It made our lives easier to only attend one party, though, so we thanked their mothers for being so considerate (hehe)!  Oh, I'm a little off-topic here, but the point is, I found instructions in Card Maker magazine for this fancy-fold card, and I offered it as a Card Buffet option last month:
stamp sets - Big News, Perfect Pennants; ink - Basic Black; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red; punch - 1/2" circle

So, one little 1/2" circle punch isn't much, but it is a punch, right?  And when Tom suggested that gift cards would be appropriate gifts, I added a holder to the inside:
 stamp sets - Big News, Fabulous Four, Perfect Pennants; ink - Basic Black; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red; punch - 1/2" circle, 1" circle

Tic-tac-toe, straight down the right side, almost no decision-making involved.  And, there were cake pops and traditional Indian (not Native American, real Indian) sweets - triple win for me!