Welcome to the May Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop - I don't think I've been the first stop before, and I'm *really* glad you're here! We hope you'll hop on through to see all the projects, we've tried to make it easy by putting them all in a loop with the button links at the end of each post.
I want to remind you that there are only two weeks left to purchase retiring stamp sets and accessories from the 2013-2014 and Occasions catalogs, and they're only available while supplies last - if you see something you want, don't hesitate to contact your demonstrator! I pulled out a few of those retiring items to help me decide whether they'll be trasferring to my "permanent" collection. I started with Make a Cake because I saw this adorable card Amy Koenders made last month, which made me think I've failed to see it's potential before:
stamp sets - Itty Bitty Banners, Make a Cake; ink - Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo; card stock - Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White; designer series paper - Quatrefancy; punch 1-3/4" circle; Big Shot with Bitty Banner framelit
If you've visited here before, you know how much I enjoy playing with challenges, so I thought I'd try my hand again at a one-layer card for Less is More. I used the Paper Players colors and the Clean & Simple layout with two more stamp sets that will not be available next month. Loving Thoughts will definitely be staying in my "permanent" collection - it's such a pretty font and has several useful phrases:
stamp sets: Betsy's Blossoms, Loving Thoughts; ink - Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron; card stock - Naturals White; baker's twine - Calypso Coral
I intended this to be totally flat, but there was a little smudge next to the W, so now there's a little bow - it evokes the flag tail in the sketch, I think.
Then I thought I'd totally stretch myself and try a shabby style for House of Cards, using a background stamp I think was underused and under appreciated this year, Ex Libris, and a versatile collection of sentiments, Delightful Dozen:
stamp sets - Ex Libris, Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor, Petite Petals; ink - Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Blackberry Bliss; card stock - Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, So Saffron; punches - Full Heart, Petite Petal; basic jewels pearls, stampin' sponge, stampin' dimensionals
That sweet accent color, Blackberry Bliss, is one of the 2014-2015 In Colors being introduced in June - yummy!
Please hop over to Stefanie's blog next and check out her projects - I'm always inspired by her work, so I'm sure you will be, too!