Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wacky Watercooler August Blog Hop

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Wow it's August already and time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop. This hop is called "Let's Sprinkle August With Life" and runs from today through Saturday August 22nd, 2015.  We're showcasing the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set from the new 2015/2016 Annual Catalogue!

If you've been following the hop, you should have arrived here from the very talented and creative Debbie Spano's site. She has such awesome projects! 

We hope you'll enjoy our virtual hop, learn some great techniques for your paper crafting projects or simply enjoy visiting our 12 participants sites and seeing all their great creations! Be sure to click on the "next button" at the end of the post to continue your journey on this blog hop or return to the start point.

Projects One & Two - Sprinkles of Life: 

I'm so happy to be showcasing the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set along with my fellow Wacky Watercooler designers for the first two projects today.  What fun! 

This set includes 22 Photopolymer versatile stamps 
The Sprinkles of Life Stamp set is notably one of Stampin' Ups! most popular stamp sets this year, and there are a couple of very important reasons for that:  
  • The first reason is that Stampin' Up! donates time and money to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. To date they've contributed over $1,000,000 to RHMC and their network of local RMHC Chapters. When you buy the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set, Stampin' Up! donates a portion ($3.00) of the proceeds to RMHC. 
  • The second reason is that it's down right fun to use this set!  You can unleash your creative genius and stamp your heart out with these very versatile stamps.  You can make cards for any occasion using a myriad of combinations of the 22 photopolymer images and sentiments. Your projects can be adorned with cupcakes, clouds, rain, ice cream cones, baskets of flowers, apples, trees and much, much more.  And, as if that's not enough, there's even a co-ordinating Tree Builder punch, to make cutting out the tops of the cupcakes, trees, clouds etc. that much faster.
    All Occasion 3 x 3 Note Cards & Gift Box: 
    I love having small note cards on hand to tuck into hostess gifts or as a small thank you for good deeds.  You can never have enough of them.  So, for my first project I designed a set of 4 note cards with matching envelopes and a gift box holder using the Sprinkles of Life Set .

    The Gift Box:
    Love this cute little gift box.  It holds 4 gift cards and matching envelopes and is simply tied shut with a ribbon.

    The 16" piece of ribbon simply slides under the Whisper White mat that is mounted to the box front with dimensionals and ties at the top of the box. 
    Here's what the back of the box looks like when it's closed and done up with the ribbon. 

      3 x 3 Note Cards:
    The four note cards that I made match the front of the gift box.  

    This cute little scene began by stamping the tree trunk from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set onto a 2" x 2" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Next I added two bunches of flower stems around the base of the tree in Cucumber Crush ink.  The flower heads were stamped in Hello Honey and Watermelon Wonder inks. The clouds were sponged in Soft Sky ink around a 1 3/4" scalloped circle.  The top and sides of the square were sponged with Soft Sky ink to blend in the clouds and the bottom of the square was sponged with Cucumber Crush ink.  To finish off the little scene I added small basic rhinestones for a touch of glimmer.  The foliage on the tree was stamped on a piece of Cucumber Crush card stock and then punched out with the Tree Builder punch.  I used dimensionals to adhere it above the tree trunk.

    That might sound like a lot of work, but trust me you can complete this card front in just a few minutes.  It will put a smile on your face when you're done!

    The Envelopes:

    I am hooked on using the Envelope Punch Board.  It's one of the best tools I have and I use it for every project that requires an envelope.  Here I made four cute little 31/4 x 31/4" envelopes from Whisper White card Stock.  I've lined then with paper from the Cherry On Top Designer Paper Pack (DSP).  I stamped the flower image on the front left corner of each of the cards, repeating the colouration and design from the front and inside of the gift cards.
    How cute is this? 
    See below for link to measurements and how to make the liner.  It's super easy!

    Stamp sets: Sprinkles of Life
    Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay and Whisper White 
    DSP:  Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Pack
    Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Hello Honey, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, and Soft Sky
    Accessories:  1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones, 16" White Cotton Ribbon, Envelope Punch Board, Paper Trimmer, Adhesive, Dimensionals

    Cutting Dimensions for Four Cards:
    1.  Cut 4 pieces Bermuda Bay to measure 3 x 6" and score at 3" (card base).
    2.  DSP layer cut 4 pieces 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" adhere to card base.
    3.  2nd layer - cut 4 pieces of Bermuda Bay measuring 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" adhere to DSP layer.
    4.  3rd layer - cut 4 pieces of Whisper White card stock, adhere to Bermuda Bay layer once stamping has been completed.   

    Card Box and Envelopes: 
    For full details on making the card box, envelopes and cards click here for my original tutorial.

    Project Two - Sprinkles of Life Positivity Card
    One of the wonderful things about the Sprinkles of Life set is that it is definitely full of "positives".  That became the theme for my next card which could be used as a birthday card, an incentive card or a "just because card".  
    The positive affirmation on this card reads:  Hope Your Day Stacks Up to Be One Good Thing On Top of Another!

    This is the inside of the card.  I simply repeated the ice cream cone from the front of the card but omitted the glitter. 
    Love these cones.  I stamped the cones onto Tip Top Taupe card stock and then fussy cut them with my detail scissors and adhered them over the 1 3/4" x 4 1/4" DSP layer.  I stamped and punched out the ice cream scoops from Hello Honey and Watermelon Wonder card stocks.  The scoops were added above the cone with dimensionals. I highlighted the design on the scoops and cherries with Dazzling Details glitter (luv that stuff).  The cute little window and frame was made using my brand new Lots of Labels Framelits.  I'm delighted with how it turned out and I know I'll be using these framelits a lot.
    Stamp Set:  Sprinkles of Life 
    Card Stock:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey and Tip Top Taupe
    DSP:  Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Pack 
    Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Hello Honey
    Accessories:  Large Polka Dot TIEF, Lots of Labels Framelits (new), Tree Builder punch, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Paper Trimmer, Detail Scissors,and Dazzling Details Glitter.

    Project Three - Case The Catalogue: 
    We had such a blast and received such excellent feedback from our July Blog Hop "CASE THE PROJECT", that we decided to do it again.  If you haven't checked it out, the Annual Catalogue is an absolute treasure trove of design ideas.  No need to buy a stamping magazine or search Pinterest, it's all there and you simply can't go wrong CASEing projects from it.

    Here's the card I'm CASEing.  It's from page 114 of the Annual Catalogue and features the stamp set "Blended Bloom".  

    I loved using the original design of this card but changed it up a bit to meet my own needs.  CASEing this card was a great opportunity to use another of my favourite tools the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets and my new Brick Wall Embossing Folder.   Here's my card:
    I wanted a sophisticated looking card for my upscale friend who has a passion for white, yellow and black.  I switched up the flower from Watermelon Wonder to Daffodil Delight.  I loved the bold stripes on the original banner but decided to go more subtle with a smaller striped pattern from the Go Wild Designer Series paper pack and the Triple Banner Punch.  The Blended Bloom image was stamped onto Daffodil Delight card stock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I love the depth you get with that ink and it dries so quickly.  The flower has three layers and I used a Zentangle technique to add dimension to the petals. 
    Here's the back side of the treat bag.  I joined two 2" x 6" pieces of DSP together and punched out the banner with the Triple Banner punch.  Sorry this is such a lousy picture........ it's pouring rain out and there's no natural light.  Grrrrrrrr.

    You can see the detail on the flower a bit more in this shot. I stamped the flower image on Daffodil Delight card stock three times to create the flower layers.  Each layer was fussy cut and the edges were sponged with black ink. Black was coloured into the edges on the flowers to give them a rolled look and adding Crystal Effects to these coloured areas gives them more depth. The basic rhinestones in the flower's center were coloured with a Black Sharpie Alcohol Marker.  I didn't like the bow in the flower center on the original card, so this was the "just right" finish for mine.
    A gift card tucks nicely into the DSP pocket.
    I cut a 2" x 3 1/2"  piece of the designer series paper and put a thin line of adhesive around the outer edges and bottom to adhere it to the Daffodil Delight card stock.  I stamped a partial image of the flower in black ink.
    I like to write my own personal message on my cards so I added a 3 x 4 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the back of the Gift Card insert.

    Stamp Sets:  Blended Bloom and Wetlands
    DSP:  Go Wild Designer Series Paper Pack
    Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black 
    Cardstock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
    Accessories:  Big Shot Machine, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Crystal Effects, Banner Triple Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Black Sharpie Marker Alcohol based, Detail Scissors, Tom Bow glue, Adhesive Strips, Paper Trimmer. 

    Well that's it for this month's projects.  I hope you liked them and will leave me a comment or two on your favourites, and come back again.  Thanks for visiting!

    Heidi Weaver our fabulous blog host and super talented Wacky Watercooler Designer is next on this blog hop so make sure you click on the "next" button below to move to her blog.   You won't want to miss her wonderful and exciting projects!
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    Deborah Smart said...

    Penny, your projects are always totally amazing! I can just feel the love that you pour into everything you make; they're wonderful :) I'm going to have to come back & CASE your cards & box - they're so cute! Great colouring on the Blossom, too.

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks Deborah. I'm so happy you liked these projects. Yes, you have to come back and give the gift box and card tutorial a try. I've made these over and over again and they are so much fun, and the people I give them to, just love them. They are great for hostess gifts and prizes too.

    Bev said...

    So many fabulous ideas. I think your positivity card stands out for me. It really has a very gentle embracing feel to it.

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks Bev for visiting my site. Glad you like the positivity card too. It made me feel good when I made it.

    Heather Hopson said...

    Penny, I love all your projects. I can't wait to try them. You are so creative and inspiring. Love the detail!

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks so much Heather. Glad you liked my projects and find them inspiring. That just made my day! Try out the little gift box with your Sprinkles of Life set. You've got all the tools, and I know how creative you are. Let me see what you make!

    DDstampin said...

    Penny, amazing projects!! You really put in a lot of work, and all those extra touches to the card set make it a must CASE. I love that card set, super cute! Also, a great catalog CASE :)

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks so much DDStampin..... I'm so happy you liked my CASE card and the Sprinkles of Life card set. Appreciate your taking the time to comment.

    Created by Kath said...

    Penny I love your CASE and I was telling my kids I need to make some 3"x3"cards so I can leave notes for my granddaughter, thanks for the ideas.

    Heidi Weaver said...

    Hi Penny, thanks for continuing to be part of our awesome blog hop group. Love your projects. Those note cards and coordinating and matching envelopes are wonderful. The peek-a-boo card, however, goes on my CASE list. Love the closed card and then the opened card is (almost) better. Great job! Your CASE should knock the socks off your elegant friend--that is, if she wears socks. What a terrific idea, to use the brick embossing folder for your bag. I love that textured effect.

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks Kath for commenting on my projects this month. Glad you liked my CASE card, I really enjoyed making it. Have fun with the 3 x 3's they are so quick and easy to do.

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks Heidi for all your nice comments. Glad you liked the peek-a-boo card. I really enjoyed pulling that together. I was dying to use my new Lots of Label Thinlets so the timing was perfect. Yes, my elegant friend does wear socks, but only the best ones as you can imagine. I know she'll be thrilled with the card. It's her 50th and I have a surprise gift card for her.

    Christine said...

    Absolutely am in love with your little card set. They are a definite case for me. Great projects.

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks Christine. Glad you liked the little note cards. They are so much fun to make and the skies the limit on what to make. My tutorial link will show you how to make the gift box, cut the right size liner for the envelopes and all the card size details.

    Stampin' Amigos said...

    Love your gift card set! I'll be back for the tutorial, as this is something I like to give friends for birthdays, when we don't really exchange gifts. Just perfect! And your CASE is beautiful! Great job!

    Unknown said...

    Penny, your little note cards and box are darling. I love the way you used dimensionals so you could slide the ribbon under. What a great idea. I will have to CASE your note cards! Your peek-a-boo card is sweet! And last, but not least - what a wonderful CASE. I really like how simple your gift card holder insert is, but elegant at the same time. Outstanding projects!

    paper bag create said...

    Love the window card Penny and great case from the catty!!! You've been BUSY girlfriend. :)

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Thanks for checking them out Sheri. Managed to get my mojo going after you left on Tuesday. Love, love, love those Lots of Labels. On my favs list!

    Penny Hanuszak said...

    Priscilla and Marie. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my projects. I'm so happy you like the little gift cards. Make sure you come back and check out the link for all the instructions, you'll have fun making them.

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