Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

The Wacky Watercooler March Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! If you're new to my blog you've probably come over from Gail's blog, and welcome! For those that are new to blog hops, you can go forward and backward using the water cooler buttons at the bottom of this post to check out the 15 lovely ladies around the world that have put up posts featuring a smorgasbord of Stampin' Up! products and projects.

My first project is using some designer series paper (DSP) that I just love. When I first saw the new occasions catalogue, the whole Retro Fresh collection just jumped out at me as something I had to have, and I've finally gotten around to using it in the last little bit. This card features one of my favourite pieces of DSP from the collection. It's a pretty strong pattern, so I didn't want to overwhelm with too much stamping and embellishments, so I kept it fairly simple.


One of the things I love to do with all my cards, and I often forget to show, is do something on the inside too. Not only does it make the card more interesting, but it helps it stand up on it's own too by adding some extra weight to the back half! I usually just use scraps of DSP and card stock to keep it clean enough to write on, but still special.


Last but not least, here's a photo to show of some of the awesome dimension I got using well... Stampin' Dimensionals! I love how the wooden arrow embellishment pops up and over the DSP, and you can never go wrong with candy dots to match.


My second project features some more designer series paper (DSP) I love. This time I used the Watercolor Wonder collection to make this bright and cheery birthday card. I watercolored the flower with a blender pen and popped the tag (made with the new Scallop Tag Topper Punch) up on dimensionals. Because why not!


Once again, I decorated the inside to match the outside. A little simpler this time, but this is one of my go to layouts for the inside of cards that have DSP on the outside.


And a little detail because I love this banner set and finally tried using a marker to colour in some of the lettering. I love how it turned out!


So pop on over to the next blog on the hop (KatheD) and check out the rest of the stops along the way! If you'd like to buy any of the products featured in my card, or anyone else's project, get in touch with any Stampin' Up! Demonstrator to place an order.

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15 comments:

  1. sweet cards, Stephanie, your inside designs are lovely - I really need to do more of that...

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  2. Your cards are gorgeous, Stefanie. I especially love the Watercolor Wonder card!

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  3. These are so beautiful, Stefanie! I love how you used the wood essentials and candy dots - and the Watercolor Wonder one is lovely. Wonderful work!!

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  4. So glad you joined the Hop, Stefanie! Your projects are fabulous - love how you used the Retro DSP. The colouring on your poppy is gorgeous, and I like how you add to the inside of your card. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. I have not gotten that DSP but you made it look so good!!!

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  6. thank you so much for sharing your projects with us, Stefanie!! Great job!! I also like to do the insides of the cards but often rush and forget or just stamp the inside to coordinate with the outside.

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  7. Now I have to get that DSP. I love that card.

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  8. Stefanie, I really like your cards. Glad you could join us for this hop and hope you will do it again.

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  9. Stunning cards!! I love your clean, sleek style! I think I need that tag punch now though, lol!!! Fabulous work!

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  10. Stefanie, your projects are awesome! I love how you do the inside of your cards. Will be trying that. The Retro Fresh card is very cheerful and I love the yellows in the Watercolour Wonder card. Great ideas!

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  11. Great projects, Stefanie. Love that Retro Fresh and that Watercolor Wonder.

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  12. You have a flare for dimension using many embellishments.

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  13. Lovely cards. I really like how you finished them off inside. --Doris

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  14. Welcome Stefanie to the Hop schedule. We've been chatting for some time around the 'cooler and it's lovely to see you jump in with your take on card crafting. What a wonderful idea to section up the front of your first card to let the paper's design really stand out and add some subtle emphasis with fun accessories like the wood and the candy dots. Great to be reminded too about how important it is to carry the design into the inside both for the weight and for the finished look of the project.
    As names Watercolor Wonder and Happy Watercolor really do describe the result of that products use doesn't it. Lovely what you've created with it.
    Hugs and thanks again for hopping and sharing the love with your Wacky Watercooler sisters. - J.

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  15. So great to have you join our blog hop, Stefanie! The arrow from the Essentials Wooden Elements is perfect with the DSP you've chosen for your card. I love the way you've used it along with the Candy Dots to bring the front of the card to life. Adding the diagonal of DSP to the inside is a great finishing touch. I love the poppy from the Watercolor Wonder stamp set and the way you've used it on the Scallop Tag Topper tag. The simplicity of the colours makes such additions as the polka dot girdle and the tag "pop". You have a real flair for keeping it simple and elegant. Thanks so much for sharing.

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