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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.


Terri said...

great projects kathe!!! Thank you for sharing!!

Created by Kath said...

Kathe, your projects are great!

Unknown said...

Kathe, it looks like you had loads of fun with this hop! I love the fact that you CASEd Marsha's projects for all three of yours! Fantastic projects!

That Little Nut said...

There'a all so cute I can't pick a favorite!

Gail said...

Kathe, I can relate to your story about the Wishbooks! It was always a big event when it arrived in our house when I was growing up. I am also the oldest in the family, but that certainly didn't give me many privileges as I have 8 siblings.
Love what you've done with all your projects. I always end up with "charming" crooked lines too. Aren't they done on purpose?

Deborah Smart said...

I remember the Wish Books, Kathe! We still used to get them up til last year, "for the boys" LOL. I love all your projects - fabulous 'case-ing'!

Heidi Weaver said...

Thank you for being part of this wonderful blog hop. I think it's our best so far!

It's so funny, Kath. There was no way I could possibly stick to one single "best of" retired product either. If I own it then I love it too much to sell or give away, right? And there are so many of those. I love the cards you've made and the way you've integrated Marsha's creations into each of your "best of" projects.

And, yes, those slightly crooked trees are definitely charming. :)

Stampin' Amigos said...

Hey Kathe, great job! Your "retired" card made me laugh--I think I have ALL of those products in my stash too! And I happen to like "charming" lines...:)

Queenie Jeannie said...

Such wonderful cards! I made all Christmas cards for this blog hop too, lol!!! (And I'm still woefully behind!) We share the same love of retired DSP! Really pretty cards - bravo!

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!!!

Christine said...

Oh my gosh! Your cards are awesome. I especially love the second card with all the great Christmas goodies on it. I think I still have a bunch of those things as well.
Your story about the wish books brought back so many memories. We shared the same thing as children. I passed it on to my kids and they managed to see a few wish books before they discontinued them. Wonderful memories!

Marsha Reed said...

Wow, Kathe! I'm honored you used inspiration from three of my projects. I wish I had thought of that with Gail's since she has so many good ones. I love all your projects. Your tree line is definitely "charming!" :-)

Stampin' Kat said...

Love that Wreath!!

Crafty Medic said...

Love your Christmassy projects! Great work!