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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wacky Watercooler July Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  You're in for a treat!  We have 13 hoppers sharing their wonderful projects, which will include a Christmas in July theme, a CASED project and a project using a Punch.  Hope you'll visit all the sites and leave some comments and encouragement. 

This is a circular blog hop so if you continue along you'll eventually get back to where you started.  This blog hop runs from today July 16th through Saturday July 18th, so visit as many times as you wish and let your friends know it's happening.

Christmas in July 
Are you counting off the days until Christmas yet?  I know I am.  For my featured "Christmas in July" project I chose to use a stamp from the Merry Everything stamp set as my focal point.  This is a great little stamp set that was carried over from last year.
I started with a standard A2 Bermuda Bay card base followed by a Silver Foil mat.  I hated to waste that beautiful foil sheet by hiding it under another layer, so instead punched out my two trees from the center.  I embossed the White mat and Silver Foil trees with the Bo Ho Chic TIEF.  This embossing folder is quickly becoming one of my favourites. 
I kept the inside of the card pretty clean and simple by just stamping and embossing one tree image from the Festival of Trees stamp set and the sentiment " May Happy Moments and Cherished Memories Surround You with Joy This Season", from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set. 
For the shaker portion of the card I used a piece of Bermuda Bay DSP from the Cherry On Top paper pack.  Even though the DSP used for the front of the shaker box isn't a Christmas paper, it works really well with the Bermuda Bay and Silver Foil card stocks. The decorative window was punched out using the Note Tag Punch. 

I stamped the sentiment with Versa Mark ink and heat set it.  I added Bermuda Bay sequins to the mixture of Frosted Sequins and a few crystal seed beads to give some more action to the shaker.  A small strip of Silver 1/8" ribbon was added to the bottom. 

When the powers that be at Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop decided our second project would be CASEing from the Catalogue I was thrilled.  I grabbed my glasses, catalogue, a cup of Java and headed for the back yard to search for my next project.  
Since I was looking for some "Artistic Expression" I went to the section bearing the same name in the Share the Fun Annual catalogue  and found what I was looking for on page 118.  Here's the card that inspired me:

When I bought the Work of Art stamp set last year I made a ton of cards and used it in a lot of projects, and then it got lost on the shelf. Stamping with this set again reminded me just how much I like the wonderful shapes and paint swatches in this 11-piece set.  Here's my card:

I pretty much copied the original placement of the stamping but I changed the ink and card stock colours to make it a little more masculine and added some detail with the large splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.
Here you can see the gold embossing on the sentiment.  It really makes the word "you" stand out. 

I added Basic Rhinestones to the centers of the gold sequins for extra shine and because my Gold Metallic thread hasn't arrived yet, I used a retired  Stamping gold thread to make the loops.  Note:  When you want to add loops under a button or a sequin, begin with a glue dot on your card surface and use that as a base for bringing your loops around to and stabilizing them  

For the inside of my card I used the Gorgeous Grunge splatters stamped off in Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso inks.  The sentiment "You are a fabulous work of art" was stamped in Early Espresso.

Use a New Punch:
I've been using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Banner Triple Punch and the Bow Builder Punch a lot since the catalogue was launched in June, so I thought I would combine the three of these great tools to make a cute little gift box for my third project. 

Here it is:

This adorable little box measures 3 5/8" x 3" and is the perfect size for tucking away a sweet treat or small gift for that special person on your list. Since the friend I made this for is really into animal prints I chose a piece of dsp from the new Go Wild Designer Series Paper Pack to decorate the box.

The Banner Triple Punch makes it so easy to make perfect banners every time by eliminating the guess work.

I used the Bow Builder Punch to make a single bow for the front of the box and added a Basic Rhinestone to the center.

These boxes are super easy to make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I'll be doing a post next week showing you templates and ideas for many different projects you can make with this very versatile tool, so I hope you'll come back and visit.  
Everything from envelopes to gift bags and card holders can be made with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  
 Well it's time for you to move on to  Bev's awesome blog "Stamp With Bev".  I know you'll enjoy her projects!  

Click Here to Go To Stamp With Bev

Click here to go to Jackie's Blog

Click here to return to the Wacky Watercooler Main Page where you'll find a list of all the participants.

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens 


Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Fabulous as always Miss Penny. Very creative too! I can see I'm going to CASE the Work of Art project for my September Stamp Camp. Those colors are just screaming Fall to me. Love your additions and you're right...Work of Art has been sitting on the shelf for far too long.
Brilliant to treat the Gift Bag Board as the punch that it is! Gives you two newbie punches to feature for your project. Sigh...I always forget the boards are really punches. Thanks for starting off the hop so brilliantly. Hugs and stampin' love - Jean

Buffy said...

Penny, how clever to use the foil for the trees! I LOVE the Work of Art card. And how cute is that box! TFS!!

Marie Green said...

Marvelous projects Penny. I can't tell you which one is my favorite - I love them all!

I would like to know how you made the box using the Gift Bag Punch Board. I haven't ran across a tutorial on how to do this yet.

Bev said...

You are so talented. I haven't tried a shaker card yet, but you tempt me! Great take with the CASE and I so look forward to your post next week on other projects with that punch. Love that little box, Penny!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Jean. Always appreciate your words of wisdom. I'm with you on the Work of Art card screaming Fall........... oh, one could have so much fun with this card! So CASE away my dear.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Bev thanks for dropping by and your lovely comment. Shaker cards are such a great amount of fun both for the giver and the receiver. You'll have to try your hand at it. There are a couple of really good links on Youtube worth watching. Isn't that box fun? I'm glad you're going to pop back next week to see more, you'll be surprised at all you can make with that punch.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Buffy thanks for your great comments. Glad you liked my projects. Everyone seems to be in love with that little box.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Marie I'll be posting some links for the small gift box and step by step instructions next week on my blog so I hope you'll drop by for a visit and check them out. Super simple and fast to make. Glad you liked my post and projects!

Deborah said...

Three wonderful projects, Penny! I just love your little box - I'll definitely come back & look for instructions :) The foil trees remind me of Charlie Brown's Christmas - remember the metal trees in the lot? Thanks for sharing, Penny :)

Jackie said...

Penny, all of your projects are wonderful. I like the layout of the Christmas card. The catty CASE is a "Jackie kind" of card. The box, with bow is delightful!!

DDstampin said...

The colors for your Christmas card, PERFECT!! I love that card! I'm going to have to CASE it!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Debbie for your comment. I love Bermuda Bay and Silver together. Glad you liked it and want to CASE my card too. What a compliment.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Jackie for dropping by and for your wonderful comments. Yeah that CASED card is kinda a "Jackie" card. Love it. You'll have to try it out and put your spin on it.

Kath Ricks said...

Every one of your projects is wonderful!

Kath Ricks said...

Every one of your projects is wonderful!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Kath appreciate your stopping by and your support for my projects.

Chriserendipity said...

Wow-wow-wow! Amazing projects, Penny! Love how you thought to make a "BOX" out of the gift bag punch board!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Chris for your comment on my cards and on the gift box. I can't take all the credit for it, as I followed directions from someone else. Next week I'll be posted some directions, links and kudos so be sure to stop by. They are so easy to make.
Cheers! Penny

Carol Carriveau said...

What wonderful, crazy and very fun projects....bright, crazy and again fun!

paper bag create said...

My fave is the Christmas shaker card!! Great CASE and cute mini box with the matching bow!! Can't wait to see the cards in real life!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Sheri. I knew you'd love that shaker card! Too much fun. Thanks for dropping by.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Carol. Glad you stopped by and really appreciate the comment. Glad you thought they were crazy and fun!

Christine said...

Oh golly, gee, Penny. Your projects are awesome. Just got home from our little vacay and the first thing on my list now that I have internet is to check out the blog hop. So, so love the boxes and those darling trees on your Christmas in July card and your case is so pretty in that color. I am so hoping to be part of the next hop.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Hey Christine. Thanks for checking out my post on the blog hop. So happy you like the boxes and the tree punch trees. That BoHo Chic TIEF is great for taking the plain trees up a notch or two, especially the foil ones. Glad to hear you'll be participating next one.... missed you.

laurie said...

What fun projects Penny!I love that Bermuda Bay and silver card..so stunning!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks for dropping by Laurie. Glad you like the Christmas in July card. I had fun making those little trees and the shaker.

Heather Hopson said...

Hi Penny,
as always your cards are beautiful and what a great way of looking at the new colors and dsp. I especially liked the Go Wild dsp and the box that you made. Outstanding.

Terri said...

great projects, Penny!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Terri thanks so much for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Really appreciated!