Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome everyone to the Wacky Watercooler  August Blog Hop.  Can you believe it is August already? This summer just flew by.  For some it has been cooler than normal, or rainier than normal, and for others it has been hotter with devastating fires.  As a "left coast" native, I am saddened by the fires and pray for those who have lost their lives and homes there.

As always our hop runs in a circle.  Hmmm, that could be construed as craziness, but this circle is not so crazy because you can go back and forth easily to see the wonderful creations of our very talented contributors.

Without further ado, let's begin our hop and as the lead off,  here are my creations. Our task this time was to make 2 projects using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and the matching Tree Builder punch plus a case from the Annual Catalog.  Sprinkles of Life  is our Ronald McDonald House stamp for this year. With the sale of each of these sets, $3 is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Not only is it a very cute set, but it is a way to share with others.

I have seen so many different ice cream cones, cupcakes, little trees, etc for this stamp that I wanted to do something entirely different.  Here it is....


So where is the stamp set or punch you might ask. The flowers on this card are made with the cloud part of the Tree Builder punch.  I love big floppy flowers so here are floppy flowers.  The card base is made from our awesome new Thick WW CS. The card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I then layered a piece of Basic Black followed by some retired vellum from a paper stack.  (I just realized that the flowers and vellum layer are retired DSP.  Guess I'd better move them to the retired pile so I don't use them again. Please forgive me for the oversight.)  Each of the flowers is centered with Tip Top Taupe Flower Blossoms. Tip Top Taupe is one of our 2015 - 2017 In Colors. I stamped Happy Birthday on Basic Black and white embossed it and punched it out using the Elegant Butterfly punch. I love the look of the "messy" silver thread so added that behind the butterfly. 

Here is my second Sprinkles of Life card. Using Watermelon Wonder as my base I layered it with paper from the Cherry on Top DSP stack. I love these smaller stacks as I don't feel so guilty cutting up a whole sheet of paper.  Next using the Ovals thinlit set I cut the large scalloped oval from Bermuda Bay CS and then embossed it with the Decorative Dots EF.  The next size oval was used to cut another layer from the Cherry on Top DSP.  My CHOCOLATE ice cream cone uses So Saffron CS for the cone and Whisper White for the ice cream. I watercolored the ice cream with Early Espresso and after it was dry stamped the sprinkles with Versa Mark and Early Espresso and then embossed with Clear EP to show off those chocolate sprinkles.  I have to say that if you could put hot fudge on a cone it would be there.  I used the Banner Triple punch for the tail of my  "revised" sentiment and edged with Soft Suede ink. 

My last card is a CASE from the Annual Catalog

I cased this card as exact as I could, because I love this card. Again I used a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 base. I am loving that I can use Whisper White as a card now with the new thick one. The heart in the background is fashioned using the 1 1/4" White Jute ribbon. It leaves a gap which is covered with the layers of Sahara Sand Lace trim and the Venetian Crochet trim and reversed Chevron Ribbon stamped with StazOn.  One of the Very Vintage Designer buttons was added after tying linen thread through the holes.  The flower stamps are from Flower Shop stamped in Sahara Sand and Rose Red ink. The "dotty" stamp from Gorgeous Grunge was used to create the background using the same ink. Since I did not have the new Classy Designer buttons I used a small retired button from my stash for the center of the flower.  I do not own Endless Thanks, but it is now on my list to order for the friend stamp seen on the original on page 126 of the AC so I substituted from another set, Six Sided Sampler to achieve the effect.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects, despite the retirement boo boo. I had fun creating them. Now you are off to see Marie's wonderful creations.



  1. Wow - flowers out of the clouds! Brilliant, Christine! :) And I LOVE chocolate you've got me craving some. Beautiful projects - thanks for sharing :)

  2. Christine I love your projects this month. What a unique way to use the cloud stamp. I agree with Deborah that's simply brilliant! Your case card is stunning with all the lacy and background stamping. I really like the combination of dsp papers in your ice cream card. Awesome! Now I have to go to the freezer and scout out some ice cream for myself!

  3. Hi Christine, thanks so much for continuing to be part of our awesome blog hop group! Love your idea for making floppy flowers with the clouds. I'm filing that away for future projects. Your CHOCOLATE cone made my mouth water. Growing up I would only get chocolate ice cream or strawberry ice cream. Or a combination. So my tastebuds respond each time I see those colours/flavours. I think it's so funny that you chose that particular card to CASE. It was on my short list and would have been my CASE this time if I had remembered to order the Venetian Crochet trim. Your card is gorgeous!

  4. What a great inspiration you are! Who would of thought of flowers out of cards. I loved all your cards. Nice job!

  5. Let me clarify my last comment I meant flowers out of clouds. Lovely

  6. Those flowers are cute! Nice projects!

  7. Very creative use of the cloud punch! But I really like your CASE card. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Two thumbs up for creativity! Turning clouds into flowers - who would have ever thought! You get the creative crown! Chocolate ice cream cone - yumm - cute card! Thank you for sharing how you made the heart on your CASE. Beautiful card!