Wacky Watercooler Mini Blog Hop


Hi, stamping friends! Welcome to another Watercooler Blog Hop. We couldn’t decide if we wanted to hop early in the month or hop at the usual time. We wanted to have some time to create after the holidays, but we also wanted to give you Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration ideas as soon as we could. So – we’re having two mini hops this month! Fun, right?

You may have arrived here from Jackie Susnik’s blog. If you did, I know you were totally wowed by her creations. Jackie always has such amazing projects. Her style is so clean and beautiful. If you’re just starting here, that’s ok. Hops are circular, so just keep following the “Next” links until you get all the way around.

I did two cards this time, and they were both inspired by the “Watercooler Wednesday” challenges. My projects showcase new products from the 2016 Occasions Catalog. I’ll use more Sale-a-bration sets in the next hop.

First – this is the Watercooler Wednesday challenge for January 6 – January 11. It’s a sketch from Jackie. (Yes, she does double duty, designing for the hop and the challenges! Several other designers do as well. They’re all amazing!) If you haven’t had a chance to enter this week’s challenge, give it a whirl.

Here’s Jackie’s sketch.

WWC49, Stampin' Up!, Wacky Watercooler Hop

Here’s the card I made using the sketch.

Love Blossoms, Bloomin' Love, Timeless Textures, Stampin' Up!

I created this while I was away, and had limited supplies. I also had my left hand in a brace, because somehow I’ve really messed up my wrist. Did I mention I’m left-handed? Even though all four fingers are free, the brace seriously restricts thumb mobility. Do you think I could get the pity vote?

Enough whining. Here are the card deets. I used the new Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack for the center layer. I love this paper. (Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake…what’s not to love?) Blushing Bride always says, “Vintage,” to me, so I sponged some Crumb Cake over the DSP to tone down the white hearts a bit.

The sentiment, heart, and little flowers are from the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set. It’s perfect for Valentines Day projects, but it will also work for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, thinking of you, and more. I stamped the flowering heart on Blushing Bride with Rose Red ink, then cut it out and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink. The little flowers are Rose Red (stamped off two times) on Blushing Bride. I used Very Vanilla for the banner and cut it out with my bandaged hand. (Didn’t want you to forget I’m on the “injured list.”) “Love” is actually a “Love You” stamp, but it’s really easy to ink just the part you need with our new firm foam stamp pads. “…it’s in the air,” is, of course, more Crumb Cake, and, just for good measure, I sponged a little more Crumb Cake over the Blushing Bride layer.

For the card base, I used my favorite new set from the Occasions Catalog – Timeless Textures. Stampin’ Up! has had some fabulous texture and grunge sets in the past, but this one tops them all, I think. Pair this with Gorgeous Grunge and you’ll have a nice collection of textures and backgrounds.

This next card was inspired by one of the entries in the Watercooler challenge. Kathe Deck entered a beautiful “snow” card for the last challenge of 2015. I was stuck with ideas for using my limited resources. And then I saw Kathe’s card. *Light bulb!*

Timeless Textures, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

I used Timeless Textures again – with Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, VersaMark, and Crumb Cake ink on Mint Macaron card stock. I wanted to use a bold color with the Mint Macaron, so I chose Night of Navy. I think it was an excellent choice, don’t you? The scripture from Isaiah is one of my favorites, and seemed like a great way to start a new year. It can be found in the Rose Wonder set, also in the Occasions Catalog.

I grabbed my Curvy Corner Trio Punch (carried over from the Holiday Catalog) as I ran out the door, so it was easy to punch  the tag for the ribbon. (The tag “ears” were hand cut.) Alas, I didn’t grab ribbon, but I did grab washi tape. Sadly, the Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape retired a few days ago, but I kept it on the card, because I love the gold with the Soft Suede dots and the Night of Navy and Mint Macaron card stock. I simply doubled a piece of tape so it wouldn’t be sticky (about 12-24″, so it was 6-12″ when doubled. See, I can do math!), then used it like ribbon. You can easily substitute a current ribbon, though. Here’s how it would look with burlap ribbon and the thin gold ribbon.

Timeless Textures, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Priscilla Ivler. Priscilla is another super talented artist, and I know you’re going to love her projects.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!


Pricilla’s Blog


Jackie’s Blog


Hop Home Page

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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16 Responses to Wacky Watercooler Mini Blog Hop

  1. Marie says:

    Very nice cards Buffy. I love the Timeless Textures set too. After reading your post I remembered I actually used this set on one of my cards. I will have to go back and fix my post! TFS


  2. Jackie says:

    Buffy, I LOVE that card for our Watercooler sketch challenge. So beautiful, with limited supplies. You did good!


  3. Christine Giuda says:

    Buffy, both of your cards are beautiful.


  4. Marsha Reed says:

    Very nice cards, Buffy. I love that Love Blooms DSPS, too.


  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Well Buffy, you’ve just made it very clear that it’s not the amount of resources one has but the way one uses those limited resources which results in great projects. And you were injured on top of that. Yes, you get the sympathy vote (but link up that card so that you can get it, okay). I wouldn’t have thought to combine the Love Blooms with the Timeless Textures but, wow, is it ever effective! Love what you’ve done with Kathe’s card as your inspiration for the second card, too. Obviously nothing can keep you down.


  6. So I was about to give you the sympathy vote, but then decided you don’t need it. Your Valentine card has luscious colors and texture, and I really like the Mint Macaron and Night of Navy color combo; along with Timeless Textures, your card is a winner! Hoping the wrist heals quickly…


    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Priscilla! I grabbed some card stock that “went with” the dsp I took with me. Somehow the Mint Macaron and Night of Navy ended up side by side, and I knew I had to use that combo.


  7. Despite being away, limited resources and a sore left hand you managed to make two beautiful cards Buffy. Liked them both! Hope you’re hand heals quickly! TFS.


    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Penny! Fortunately, I can do a lot of things right handed. And my dear husband got me a MISTI for my birthday, so it makes stamping a lot easier, with or without a sore paw!


  8. Marsha Reed says:

    Great Valentine card, Buffy! Glad you joined us for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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