I’m so excited about this blog hop! Stampin’ Up! has a forum for demonstrators, and one of the forum threads is a place to drop in and chat. We’ve nicknamed it “The Watercooler.” Actually, we call it the “Wacky Women’s Watercooler.” I’m not sure if “wacky” refers to the women, the thread, or both. Wacky or not, the women (and our favorite man) who participate in the thread are all good friends, even though a lot of us have never met. So a group of us are “hopping” this weekend and presenting projects that highlight Stampin’ Up!’s amazing products.
You may have arrived here from Gail’s blog. Wasn’t it amazing? I love her style! And you probably deduced that she lives in Canada – partly because of her use of “colour” and partly because it says so in the top right corner of her blog. Our hop is a North American mix of talented Canadian and US demos.
If you’re just starting the hop, that’s ok. The cool thing about blog hops is you can start anywhere and hop along until you get back to where you started. Or you can hop backwards. Or you can hop around the circle 2-3 times or more. I have to confess, I have gone around some hops more than 3 times, and I see something new each time.
I decided to focus on Valentine’s Day for my projects, and used the Watercolor Wonder suite from the Occasions catalog for my color scheme. Here are all three of my projects, but I’ll show you each in a little more detail.
I wanted a card for Mike, something I could give to a younger friend, and a gift box Mike could fill with something wonderful for me. (Yes, I’m that amazing. I love to make it easy for him to give me gifts. HA!)
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the card in the photo with all three projects is not the same as this card. I had used the “Love” thinlit from the Holiday catalog on the original card. It was still available when I started on this – even though it was after the sale date for the catalog. But sometime between then and now, it became “unavailable,” so I switched it for the “i (heart) u” thinlit from the Label Card Thinlits Dies pack, with an added small heart punched from Silver Glimmer Paper.
I stamped the background in Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate using the Delicate Doilies stamp set. I spritzed the Tea Lace paper doily with some ink refill and alcohol and embossed the die cut heart with the Fancy Fan embossing folder. A panel of Watercolor Wonder designer series paper, a scalloped layer of Smoky Slate and some of the cute twine from Sale-a-bration complete the card.
I found a purse-sized composition book in a drug store and decided it would be gorgeous covered with the polka dot Watercolor Wonder paper pattern. I used the Watercolor Wonder designer washi tape along the edges, and used the Hearts a Flutter framelits for the Crisp Cantaloups and Pink Pirouette hearts. I stamped the heart messages in Calypso Coral with some of the Fabulous Phrases stamps.
I’m especially proud of this one, because I had to figure out the dimensions on my own. I used, of course, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper for the box. I die cut a Spiral Flower and Little Leaves from gold foil paper. I think they turned out beautifully. It reminds me of the gold foil that delicious chocolate is wrapped in – which would be a good thing to fill the box with. The belly band is a strip of 1″ x 12″ gold foil. It’s a tad short to glue, so I joined the two ends on the back with more Watercolor Wonder washi tape.
The box itself was created using the Envelope Punch Board. Measurements and diagrams can be found here.
Your next stop on the hop is Kath’s blog. If you’ve hopped with me before, you may remember Kath. She’s one of my favorite bloggers – and I know you’ll be amazed at her projects this time too.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a happy, “hoppy,” and very colorful day!