Thursday, September 17, 2015

September Mixup - Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

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What signals one of my most favourite times of the year? Well, for me the first signs are the leaves starting to turn, the weather's getting a bit chillier at night, and the kids are back in school.  Yep, FALL is officially here and it's time to start thinking about all the seasonal celebrations ahead.  

This weekend I've joined the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop design team to  celebrate a "September Mixup".  Our hop is running from tonight through  the 19th of September and is offering some really creative ways of using products from both the new and annual catalogues. 

We have 15 terrific gals participating and showing off their talents so be sure to follow the hop and leave some love along the way! The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop runs in a circular fashion, so no matter where in the list of participants you begin, inevitably you'll wind up in the exact same place again if you keep going to the "next".  

If you started at the beginning of the hop you've just arrived from Marsha Reed's fabulous blog.  Wasn't her project awesome?  Okay now it's time to see what I came up with...........

Halloween Gift Bags - Howl-o-ween Good Times!
We don't get many kids on Halloween night anymore, so for those 5 or 6 that brave the elements to haunt my front door, I love to have some special treat bags on hand.  
Stamp Sets: Howl-o-ween Treat* Six Sayings Hostess Set Holiday Catalogue
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey Marker. Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, Tangello Twist Re-Inker
Card stock: Tangello Twist, Gold and Black Glimmer Paper, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Lots of Labels Framelit Dies, Boo To You Framelit Dies, Spider Web (R) and BoHo Chic Embossing Folders, Bat punch(R), Google Eyes (non-SU), Dazzling Details, Pumpkin Pie and Blackberry Bliss ribbons, Word Window and Large Oval punches, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tom Bow Glue, Big Shot and Trimmer. 

The Howl-o-ween Treat Stamp Set which comes in wood or clear mount and the Boo to You Framelit Dies are featured on page 49 of the catalogue.  They can be bought individually or you can save 15% by purchasing them as a bundle. 
I love this cute little 4" x 1 1/2" gift bag.  It's simple, very quick to make and decorates easily.  For this bag I started with a 12 x 6" piece of the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper. If you love Halloween Paper, this set of design papers is a real winner.  Each design and the colour mix are very special.
I used a Hello Honey marker for the owl's nose and a Blackberry Bliss Marker to enhance some of the feather details on the owl's body. I punched out two small circles with the Itty Bitty Punch set from Black Glimmer paper to mount the google eyes on.  Although they don't show up very well in this photo, the wavy feathers on the owl's chest were coloured with dazzling details that I added a bit of Tangello Twist re-inker to. I used two of the Label Framelits from lots of Labels to die cut the two label tags that the owl is mounted on.  I embossed the smaller label with the Bo Ho Chic embossing folder and the larger one is cut from Gold Glimmer paper.  They are mounted to the bag with dimensionals.
 My Second Bag:
Here is the second bag which showcases the Skull and Crossbones from the Howl-oween Treat stamp set.  I layered the stamped images on two labels cut out with the Lots of Labels Framelit Dies.  The Blackberry Bliss label was embossed with the now retired "Spider Web" TIEF.  The other label was cut from Gold Glimmer Paper.  I stamped the super cute little spider from this stamp set in  Tuxedo Black ink and then punched out a piece of Black Glimmer paper with the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set and glued it onto its back with a dimensional.  Two rhinestones coloured with a black sharpie were added to the skull's eye sockets.  The "FaBOOlous" sentiment is from the Six Sayings Hostess stamp set.  I fussy cut out the wording and added dazzling details to make it glimmer. 
 Directions for the Bag:
1.  Cut 12 x 6" piece of Designer Series Paper or Card Stock of choice.
2.  Score on long side at 4", 5 1/2", 9 1/2", and 11"
3.  Turn DSP to short side and score at 4 1/2".
4.  Cut from the bottom along score lines to the 4 1/2" score line.  Fold on score lines and trim off small rectangle in bottom right hand corner of bag.
5.  Assemble bag with Sticky Strip.  Fold so small tabs are on the inside of the bag bottom and there is a large tab on the bottom.  You only need to apply sticky strip or glue to the side seam and the bottom of the bag.  
6.  Pinch the sides of the bag together towards the top, like a lunch sack.  
7.  Make a handle area by punch through both thicknesses with either a Word Window or a large oval punch.
Embellished Ornament:
Do you ever look at a stamp set or dies in a magazine or catalogue and it sucks the breath right out of you?  Well that's what happened to me when I turned to page 15 in the Holiday Catalogue and saw the Embellished Ornament stamp set and coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlet Dies.  I fell in love with them, and they quickly went to the top of my wish list.  Here's what I've made with them so far:

I pride myself on finishing the insides of my cards to mirror the exterior.  When I finished this card, I laughed because the inside could actually be the outside it turned out so pretty. I owe that to the Delicate Ornament Thinlet die that I used to cut out this precious bauble.  These are pretty intricate dies but I use a cardboard and wax paper shim when I run these dies through my big shot and I find they cut like butter on card stock, glimmer and foil papers.  
I stamped two additional ornament images and fussy cut the flower from the center of both.  These were mounted with dimensionals on the original ornament and a basic rhinestone was added to the center.  You might think that the shiny circles on the ornament were achieved with rhinestones, but think again.  I actually cut the 1/8" circles from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper using a punch and then glued them on to each of the spots on the ornament.  I cut the point off a toothpick and used that to apply the glue to the back of the dots and then add them to the ornament. 
Stamp Set: Embellished Ornaments

Card Stock:  Smokey Slate, Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss, Silver Foil and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories:  Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Delicate Ornament Thinlet Dies, Basic Rhinestones, detail scissors, dimensionals, Tom Bow adhesive.   1/8" circle punch

You can bundle and save 15% on the Embellished Ornament and Delicate Ornament Thinlet Dies through January 4, 2016.  

Usually I do three projects for these hops, and although I have one in the works I unfortunately didn't get the time I'd anticipated to finish it.  But don't worry, rather than rush and botch the project I'm going to finish it later this week and then I'll share it with you under a separate post. So please make sure you come back and check it out.

Now that I'm done I'm passing you along to our next talented designer, Bev, who is sure to delight you with her projects. Make sure you click  on her name here or on the "Next" watercooler icon below.  

Wacky Watercooler September Mixup
Happy Stamping Everyone!
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Gail said...

Wow! The detail in your projects is outstanding. I've been on the fence about that Embellished Ornament set - you might have just tipped the scales for me! And I love purple...

Jackie said...

Penny, wonderful projects. I didn't get that Halloween bundle, but you made me wish I had. The ornament card is so serene and beautiful.

Deborah Smart said...

Oh my gosh Penny; I'm surprised you're not flooded with kids at Hallowe'en, all clamouring for your fabulous goodie bags! I just love your ornaments cards; & the inside is as pretty as the front! Thanks for sharing

Penny Hanuszak said...

I truly miss all the kids coming, but we're the last unit in our complex and only a few brave souls venture this far, so I have to make it worth their while! Actually we give away large chocolate bars, which they love! Glad you liked my projects.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Jackie for your comments. I really debated about getting the Howl-o-ween bundle myself, but I'm so glad I did. I've seen some terrific stuff on Pinterest and other sites, so I know I'll get use out of it all year through! Happy Blog Hop!

Penny Hanuszak said...

That's so funny Gail. When I look back at my last 3 posts I seem to be on a "purple" kick. I love the way it turned out with this ornament card though. Really regal looking. I've a lot more to do with this bundle, so come back again!. Happy Blog Hop!

Stampin' Amigos said...

Gee Penny, can I come trick or treat at your house? Between the big chocolate bars and the fantastic goody bags, I'd be knocking on your door again and again!
I also love your embellished ornaments--one of my very favorite sets this year. Love what you did in purple!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Priscilla you made me laugh out loud. Too funny! Glad you liked the embellished ornaments. I'm so in love with the stamp and framelits, I'll probably wear it out in the coming weeks.

KatheD said...

Penny, these are both fabulously beautiful and detailed! I counted your treat bags as two, so if you hadn't told us you ran out of time, I would not have realized there weren't three projects ;)

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

May I say this post is a Howling success? Hee, hee.
Love the treat bags...add one more demo coming to your door my friend for Howl-o-ween. Canadians celebrate Howl-o-ween on the same day we do here in the States? I'm guessing yes but after messing up on Thanksgiving last year I thought I better ask. lol
Wonderful ornaments. Am I right in thinking the little bow is from the Mini Treat Bag dies? It really adds a nice counterpoint. As do the fussycut bits and the bling.
Thanks for sharing the creative genius that shines through your work. Hugs - J.

Unknown said...

I love all the details in your projects. I especially love the ornament card, the rich purple color, the sparkle, and the added dimension - simply stunning. TFS

Christine said...

I am not a huge Halloween fan, but that owl is soooo cute.
Beautiful ornament card. I am really anxious to play with that set.

Bev said...

Maybe on Hallowe'en YOU can go to houses where you know there are kids and hand out the treat bags. Just a thought. I've been trying to resist getting the Embellished Ornament set .. you make it very hard to continue to resist. Your creations are so lovely.

DDstampin said...

Penny, I love al the little details in your projects, the extra effort makes them so much more awesome! I really enjoy them all!

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Penny, thanks so much for continuing to be part of our terrific blog hop. I hereby crown you "Queen of Details". Wow, you bring so much detail to each of your projects! Each one is better than the previous one. I was resisting buying that owl framelits set but you're undermining my determination. Even if it does retire with the catalogue as I expect, I can imagine many happy projects for it. Your ornament card is outstanding. I haven't opened my bundle yet but your project makes me want to use it next.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi. I'm really happy to be a party of this terrific blog hop group. Everyone is so amazing and supportive. I'm glad you liked my projects. I'm like you as I go to everyone's sites I'm inspired by sets I've been on the edge of the fence about and now want. Thanks for dropping by.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Debbie for your nice comment. I love the details, so I appreciate it when someone else notices them. Makes me happy!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Bev for your comments. Glad you liked my ornament card and thanks for the suggestion about the treat bags. I'm actually going to be at an 80th and 60th Birthday party for a wonderful friend and her daughter this Halloween so I think they will be the recipients of these cute little bags and the cards similar to the ones in my next project. What fun!

Marsha Reed said...

Great projects, Penny! My favorite is the ornaments card. I really need to get that bundle!

Heather Hopson said...

Penny, again an outstanding job of creative items. I love the treat bags and the ornament cards. What a great job! Both stamp sets are well worth getting.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heather. Yes I agree, I love both these stamp sets and will get lots of use out of them. Thanks for dropping by and glad you enjoyed my projects.

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