Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wacky Watercooler January Mini Hop Number Two - Occasions and Sale-a-bration

Well, here we are at mid-January already and it's time for the second Wacky Watercooler Mini Blog Hop.  This second hop of the month, continues to show case new products from the Occasions 2017 and Sale-a-bration catalogues I know you're in for some awesome surprises.  We have an awesome group of design artists who've created many inspiring projects for you. 

So, grab a beverage, curl up in your favourite seat and let's get started. Our blog hop works on a circular basis so no matter where you start, if you continue hopping from blog to blog you'll eventually wind up where you started from.  You can also go to the home page for the Wacky Watercooler by clicking here or on the "home" button at the end of my post and you can work through the list of hoppers at your leisure.   

There are thirteen participants in this mini hop which lasts from January 19th to 21st.   If you've arrived from the talented Gail Allen's blog Stamping And Other Stuff, I'm sure you were impressed with her great projects. 

Project One:  Urban District 
If you followed me on the last blog hop you'll know that I was a display artist at Stampin' Ups! Vancouver OnStage in November and had the pleasure of designing with products from the new Urban Underground Site featured on pages 46 to 48 of the Occasions Catalogue.  
Urban District Stamp Set

Here are my samples featuring Urban District and other products from the suite. 
This Father's Day card is one of my favourites from the set I designed.  It features the big bold letters from the Urban District stamp set and show cases how well it works with other stamp sets and products.  The card base is Basic Gray card stock and the first layer was achieved by stamping the Hardwood Background stamp in Basic Gray on Very Vanilla Card stock and swiping it with Delightful Dijon and Basic Gray stamp pads to create a weathered look.  I also used three of the largest Banner Framelits to create a center banner for the lettering.  These banners were embossed with the wonderful Hexigon Dynamic Embossing Folder.  I love the deep crisp texture this embossing fold brings. The "DAD" letters were stamped in Basic Gray on Very Vanilla card stock and then hand cut out with my detailed scissors.  Love all the little designs on these stamps.  There's a lot you could do with them. 
In this project which could be a special birthday or Father's Day box card, I again showcased the word "DAD" but I stamped the letters with Delightful Dijon and used a sponge dauber to add some depth to the lettering.  I also cut out the centers of the letters using an Exacto knife and cutting pad.  This weekend I will add a post that provides more pictures and the "how to's" of assembling a rectangular box card, so I hope you'll come back and see it.
The next card features the  "Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp.   stamped in Basic Gray on Very Vanilla card stock.  What an impact this makes on the card front.  such a quick and easy card.  The Hexagons are stamped on Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon and Basic Gray card stock and grouped together in the beginning of a Hexagon shape.  I've also used some of the Metallic Enamel Shape star embellishments in the top and bottom corners of this card.  Love them! 
I really love the great sentiments that are included in the Urban District stamp set and so for this card decided to show case the verse "The only thing better than having you as my dad......" with the Hedge Hog images from the Love You Lots hostess stamp set.  The grass image is from the Thoughtful Banners (retired) stamp set.   Although this card is pretty clean and simple (CAS) it conveys the message of how loved this father is.  

I was also required to make at least two scrapbook pages for my  display boards at Onstage and so I enlisted the help of a great neighbor and friend to showcase the Urban District Collection for these pages.  Oh what fun I had taking these photos and building these scrapbook pages. Barry was such a good sport!

The two pages were designed using a combination of the Urban District and Nailed It stamp sets from the Urban District Collection as well as Gorgeous Grunge, One Wild Ride and Timeless Textures stamp sets from the annual catalogue.  I also made good use of the Build It, Swirly Scribbles and Circle Framelits and Urban collection embellishments.  Everything worked so well together.  

Speaking of working well together, I loved how the Hexagon Diagonal Embossing Folder and the Build It Framelit Dies cut and embossed the Silver Foil so well. I felt like I was in the tool department at Lowe's or Sears, because the images looked so real.  Check out that silver ruler in the bottom page and the nuts and screws. The same ruler framelit was used to create the Delightful Dijon hexagon ruler in the first page.  Talk about versatile. I really wish you could see a better closeup of all the details in these scrap book pages. 
This great card also incorporates the Urban District Stamp Set as well as Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art stamp sets.  I love the "Number One" hexagon image in this set because of its denim look surface when it's stamped. This image would also look awesome stamped in Dapper Denim or Night of Navy inks.  I also added just a hint of "manly" bling to this card with the Metallic Enamel Shape embellishments.  Those silver stars are simply perfect.
My final card in the Urban Collection showcases another level of the "DAD" lettering by adding Silver Embossing Powder.  Wow did the details ever pop!  Once again I fussy cut out the lettering as above and popped the letters up with dimensionals on the Delightful Dijon DSP.  I dry embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing folder on Basic Gray and the Delightful Dijon card base.  The little gold dots are from the Metallic Enamel Shape embellishments.  Perfect! 

Project Two:  Sending Love Suite
Earlier this week I attended Cheryl LeFore's stamp club and we made two gorgeous Valentine cards.  I've made some subtle changes to Cheryl's version which I'm going to share as my second project today.
The Sealed With Love Bundle which saves you 15% off original cost includes the Sealed With Love stamp set #142815 and the Love Notes Framelit Dies #142752.  There are 14 beautiful dies and 27 stamps included in this bundle. 

Happy Valentine's Day Card:
Cheryl's original project was a 4-sided card. I decided to make a simple A-2 card with products from the original project. Here's my card:
The card base is Whisper White.  The adjoining panels from Cheryl's project were cut apart and adhered to the card front.  I love both of these panels which feature the Sending Love DSP paper pack and the heart framelit from the Love Notes Framelit Dies.

I love the new double-sided Lace Doilies. They are printed in Very Vanilla on one side and Whisper White on the reverse side.

Stamp Set:  Sealed with Love #142815
Ink:  Real Red 
Card Stock:  Real Red, Whisper White, Sending Love DSP paper pack
Accessories:  Big Shot, Trimmer, Love Notes Framelit Dies, Basic Pears,
Lace Doilies #142793, Adhesive

Easel Valentine Card:This second Valentine project again uses The Sending Love products.  Here it is:
The Easel base is made from a 3 1/2 x 10" piece of Real Red card stock that is scored at 6" 7 3/4" and 9 1/2".  A second piece of Real Red Card stock has been cut to 3 1/2" x 6  and is scored at 1/2"  The two Real Red pieces are attached with tear tape.  

For the contrasting panel cut a Basic Black piece to measure 3 1/8" x 2 1/2" and a 3" x 2 3/8" Whisper White piece.  The white piece was embossed with the new Falling Petals Textured Embossing Folder from the Falling in Love Suite.  This panel should be attached before the bottom box is.
The box on the front of this card measures 3 3/4 x 8 1/2" and is scored at 3 1/2", 4", 7 1/2" and 8". Once scored apply glue to the three back panels and attach to the front of the easel card. For the design layers The black card stock measures 2 7//8" x 3 1/8" and the panel of Sending Love DSP measures 2 3/4" x 3".
The Basic Black belly band measures 1" x 5 1/8" and a panel of DSP that measures 3/4" by  5 1/8" was added.  It's tied with Red and White ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack.  This is really awesome 1/8" grosgrain ribbon. 

I added a Whisper White panel to the back of the card that measures 3 1/4" x 6 1/4".

Well that's it for me today.  Please make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team Artists Projects by clicking on the icons below and let me know how you enjoyed my projects.




paper bag create said...

Love your masculine collection and while I don't really celebrate Valentine's..I am loving the easel Valentine card...I'm feeling a CASE happening perhaps! *sigh* adding something else to my wish list...gonna me a mile long at this rate! ;)

Deborah Smart said...

Penny, your projects always blow me away! I'm so glad that I got to see your Underground Suite projects at On Stage - you did an amazing job with all of them. And now you've gone and enabled me on the So in Love bundle, too! Well, at least I can CASE your wonderful projects! :)

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Debra. I'm glad you got to see my projects in real time. When I worked on the So In Love bundle I fell in love with the framelits, now I've got to have them too! Now that's enabling.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Sheri for your awesome comment. Glad you liked the easel card. Super easy to make and it goes together really quickly. Would be great for a gift card or note pad too. Hugs. See you soon.

Lisa Kmiec said...

Love your projects Penny! I always have such a hard time with masculine items, but your projects with the Urban Underground suite is inspiring. Adding to my wish list!

Created by Kath said...

Wow! Just Wow! I had gone back and forth on the DAD stamp but I'm re-thinking it.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Kath. Once I touched that stamp set I had the same feelings as you. There's a lot that can be done with it.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Lisa. Honestly these are probably the best masculine stamps I've worked with from Stampin' Up! and I so thoroughly enjoyed doing so. They made me happy!

Heather Hopson said...

Penny, all your projects are super! Each one got better and better! These stamps sets are awesome and you have displayed them so wonderfully! It is hard to figure out Masculine cards, but you have handled it well.

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Heidi Weaver said...

Oh my goodness, Penny, you certainly did justice to the Urban District products, and then some. "Wow" barely covers it. While I bought some of those products, your stunning projects make me wonder why I didn't buy the Designer Paper or that Urban District stamp set (I chose to buy the Build It bundle instead). What I really love is how well the various sets work together. The Sending Love Suite, with those wonderful samples you've created, is tempting, too. You've really outdone yourself!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Heidi, thanks for commenting on my projects. I had so much fun with the Urban Collection, and wish I had brought it with me so I could continue to create with it. Oh well another two months and I will be able to do a masculine class with this set. You'll find the same thing once you start you can't stop coming up with ideas. I also love this strong masculine colour ensemble for this suite. Perfect!

Unknown said...

Overwhelmed by the awesomeness of your projects! Outstanding does not even begin to describe my thoughts.

Marsha Reed said...

Wonderful cards, Penny! Love those little hedge hogs.

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Too much fabulous goodness to choose from Miss Penny! Love them all. Of course since I'm in Valentine mode at the moment your red card is the one that really drew my eye. I just can't resist that edgelit die! Thanks for adding to my CASE file with this hop.

Stampin' Amigos said...

How I hate to follow you in the hop, Penny--your projects set a high bar! Great work on all, but the masculine suite set blew me away! Wonderful samples.

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