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Thursday, 13 March 2014

March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop--A Smorgasbord of Products


Already March and another blog hop.  Is it just me or is this year moving along at a real clip?

Welcome one and all to our new blog hop.  We're making our March presentation a real smorgasbord of products.  All the current catalogues and current products in the online store are fair game.  Excited?  I sure am.  I can hardly wait to see what the talented members of this blog hop have created to excite our imaginations this time.

You'll have come here from the very talented Marsha Reed's blog.  Aren't her projects terrific?  In the blink of an eye you've virtually travelled from Iowa in the USA to see me here in Alberta, Canada.  It sort of takes your breath away, doesn't it?

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For the first of my projects, I chose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Just a few more days and all things will be green---except for the world around me which seems to be stubbornly staying white.  

What do people think with regards to St. Patrick's Day?  Well, of course one of the first thoughts would be of the shamrock which St. Patrick made famous by comparing its three petals to the trinity when explaining his religion to the Irish.  Next, most likely, someone would mention the pot of gold that the leprechauns apparently hide at the end of the rainbow.  And that, in a nutshell, describes my card.  Add in some rolling green hills and a lazy cloud and my card is complete.

I made the rainbow using a whole slew of round punches and several of the framelits from the Circle Collection.  Chanting Roy G Biv to myself, I made up the rainbow with arcs of Real Red, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Elegant Eggplant.  I love that Stampin' Up! has all the colours to make an awesome rainbow.  Then I used the smallest of the Window Framelits to make the pot (with a couple of minor modifications) and punched out several "gold coins" from the Gold Foil sheets and embossed them using my Petals a Plenty embossing folder.

The green hills are torn pieces of Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi while the sky is a piece of Pool Party.  I made the shamrocks using the Small Heart punch and some Gumball Green cardstock.  After pinching each heart in half, I also sponged the tips lightly with some Encore Gold ink.  All those details are mounted on a piece of Gold Foil and that is, in turn, mounted on a base of Naturals White cardstock.


The hardest part of this was making the rainbow.  After that, it all came together really well.  Everything in this card came from the Annual Catalogue except for the Gold Foil which is current in the Occasions Catalogue.

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For my second project, I had fun playing with all sorts of wonderful products from the Occasions Catalogue.  I love the whimsy of the designs in the Life in the Forest stamp set and the Baby, We've Grown stamp set.  The little creatures seem both playful and innocent to me and so were the perfect inhabitants for me little Birthday Card-in-a-box world.  I think you can tell how much fun I really had in designing and making this card.  It makes me smile.


I'm not going to go into details about making the box.  I've provided a free template as well as all the instructions for it here.  The difference is the way I've decorated up the box.  And you can see from the sheer fun of it that this one was made purely for the pleasure of a child.  That little owl at the bottom is actually peeking out from a hole in the box and backed by a Soft Suede circle that is held in place with a Shaker frame.  The little mouse and the mushroom are both standing away from the box by means of some Stampin' Dimensionals.  Yes, all those little creatures are cut out by hand.  That little mouse's tail was a challenge as were the little owl's feet.  And I didn't amputate any little stamped limbs in the making of this box.

Don't you just love the way the Hardwood stamp inked with Smoky Slate makes the White Naturals cardstock look?  I stamped both the inside and the outside of the cardstock because I wanted it to look the same whether it was folded or not.  


Those balloons are simply Whisper White punched out with the Small Oval punch and coloured using a Blender Pen and Strawberry Slush ink and Coastal Cabana ink respectively.  The bottom of the balloon is actually just the foot of the little Owl Builder Punch.  Then I covered each balloon with a generous layer of Crystal Effects and, while they were still tacky, looped some white Baker's Twine around the bottoms.  All the little owls are suspended on Window Sheets as is the Word Bubble.


The lower portion of the box is almost as much fun as the top.  I added characters from the Life in the Forest stamp set as well as some grass which was made very easily using a strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock and those great new Fringe Scissors.


Finally I decorated up  the envelope into which it will fit perfectly.  I used a combination of the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the Mosaic Madness stamp set to put together a candle.  Doesn't the combination of Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry look perfect with the little box?

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My final project combines products from the Annual Catalogue, Occasions Catalogue and also the Online Store.  It's an anniversary card which I decided to make in a 4" x 7" size and therefore required a custom-sized envelope.  Thank goodness for the Envelope Punch Board!

I'm going to begin with the inside and work my way out.  Since I used Basic Black as my base cardstock, I needed some lighter cardstock inside on which to write.  For that I used Very Vanilla which I dipped along the edges in my Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  After that cooled and hardened, I used my Embossing Buddy to ensure that I wouldn't get all sorts of embossing powder bits where I didn't want them and then proceeded to heat emboss two butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set.  Finally, I carefully added the sentiment using my Black StazOn ink and the One in a Million stamp set.


For the front of the card I also used the Papillon Potpourri stamp set but this time I used both the small and the large butterflies.  I decided to heat emboss them in Gold Embossing powder as well and scattered them across the lines of music from that beautiful Modern Medley Designer Series Paper.  For their centres I tried the pearls but didn't like the contrast so I chose to heat emboss the little pearls in Gold Embossing powder as well.


They may not look like much on that sheet, but they look wonderful in the centres of my butterflies.  It was simple enough to get the gold embossing on the pearls.  I just pushed them against the Versamark, sprinkled them with Gold Embossing powder, shook off the excess, and then heated them until the gold melted beautifully around them.  You can do that with brads and buttons, too, but that's another project.


The sentiment also has some little gilded pearls on it.  Doesn't the gold embossing make the words from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set "pop"?  I like the way it looks on the black arrow which I cut using the On Film Framelits die.   The slightly larger Gold Foil arrow underneath was hand-cut.  Between the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper and the Basic Black cardstock, I added a layer of Gold Foil.  The corners were all rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.

The matching envelope was easy to make.  You simply look at the Envelope Punch Board for the size of your card and it gives you the dimensions of paper you will need to make the right size of envelope.  Once I had assembled the envelope, I used my Music Notes Stampin' Wheel, Versamark and more Gold Embossing powder and heat embossed each end of the envelope diagonally.  


I love the finished set, don't you?

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And now you're off to Oregon in the USA.  That's where the fabulous Jean Fitch lives and creates.  You'll love her wonderful projects.

I hope you've enjoyed our blog hop.  No matter whether you go backwards or forwards, we're linked in a circle so it's never-ending.  After the second or third time around you may wish to jump off, catch your breath and have a bite to eat before coming back to go around the circle yet again.  There are so many great ideas in this blog hop, you'll want to take notes.

Our next blog hop is in the second week of April.  Don't worry---I'll give you fair warning.

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30 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards, Heidi. I especially love the gold butterflies. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. I'm a real softie for butterflies, whenever I can use them. They look like filigree brooches in gold, don't they?

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  2. I just love all your projects, Heidi! From the vivid rainbow to the sparkling gold - fabulous! I'm definitely going to try embossing my pearls.

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    1. Thanks, Deb. It's so easy to heat emboss any of our embellishments. I've done buttons and brads as well. It's a great way to get the look you're after while staying within the Stampin' Up! products.

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  3. What a fun card in a box!! and the candle on the card is very cool.

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    1. Thank you, Jackie. I did a lot of fussy cutting for that card-in-a-box, but am really happy with the way it came together.

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  4. Did you just say you HEAT EMBOSSED THE PEARLS?? wow, what a fantastic idea that makes me feel like "duh I should've thought of that idea but thank goodness my pal Heidi is super smart and shares her genius with the rest of us." :) So glad to be hopping with you again!! Soon I will catch up on the rest of your blog.

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    1. So glad to be hopping with you again, too, Terri. Don't stop with the gold when heat embossing your embellishments. All the colours work and it creates so many new possibilities.

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  5. Each of these projects made me smile. I love them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine. I enjoyed making them.

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  6. where to begin? every one of these is totally fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, Kathe. What a nice thing to say!

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  7. Gold embossed pearls???? Why not!! I can see me using lots more pearls than I already do now. And what a fun card in a box. I sure can tell you had fun making it. It would delight anyone, any age.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. That's me, the pearl enabler. ;)

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  8. WOW!!! One amazing project after another!!! I'm so addicted to those Card In A Box, and yours is a stunner! I know you put a lot of time and effort into yours too. Great ideas for adding bling and GOLD to our projects - thank you! You rock!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jeanne. I appreciate your comments.

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  9. Amazing! I love all the detail and thought you put into your projects.

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  10. Great projects, Heidi! Love the box and the butterflies and the rainbow.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha. That rainbow was a challenge, but I had this idea in my head and had to pursue it.

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  11. Love these projects, Heidi!! The St. Patrick's Day card is so cute, and I love the little gold butterflies and pearls.

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    1. Thank you, Buffy. I appreciate your comments.

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  12. Great projects. The rainbow card is so cheerful, the card is the box is full of fun, and the anniversary card is very elegant.

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    1. Thanks, Patti. I had a great time making each project.

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  13. Lots of imagination. Love all your projects! My favourite is the card in a box. Looks like you had a lot of fun putting that one together. Thanks for the tip on embossing pearls. I've coloured with Sharpies, but haven't tried embossing. The results are fabulous! --Doris

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    1. Thanks, Doris. Don't stop with gold embossing. All the colours work very well and give different impact. I also like heat embossing buttons and brads (and anything else that happens to catch my eye).

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  14. From the mouse on his mushroom to the gold coins and golden butterflies your projects have made me smile and my eyes pop. What a lot of prep work for each project and what a pleasing end to each process. Love them all Miss Heidi. Thanks for hopping and hope you are picking up a few golden rays to take back to your world of white. Hugs - J.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jean. I really did have fun with each project. Truer words were never spoken. My world IS white right now. It has snowed for over 40 hours without a stop and it's piling up. Of course the ground wasn't free of snow to begin with...

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