Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop #3

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Time to schedule gatherings with friends and relatives; time to be reminded what each spectacular holiday means to you; and time to create decorations, cards and gifts to give to the special people in your life.

The items I have created for this Hop are all based on others I have seen on the internet.  There are many versions of these cards and 3-D items, so it would be impossible to say which people should be credited.  As it is, I have added my own flare and personal style to "make them my own".  That is what you can do too!  Take whatever you see here or elsewhere, and let your own supplies, needs and imagination help you create your very own renditions.

This card seems very traditional to me:

stamps: special season
paper: crisp cantaloupe, season of style d.s.p., gold foil sheets, whisper white
ink: gold embossing powder
accessories/tools: cherry cobbler 1/2" seam binding, woodgrain e.f., oval framelits

This is my so-called "masculine" Christmas card.  I also like to think of it as "clean and simple".  It reminds me of the clean lines and organic architecture that Frank Lloyd Wright created:

stamps: warmth and wonder
paper: bermuda bay, whisper white, basic black
ink: stazon black, bermuda bay
accessories/tools: polka dot and stylish stripes e.f.

The last item is my single cup drink holder.  Super idea for a simple gift or stocking stuffer:

Instructional video below: 

Pictures with instructional captions below:

piece of cardstock 11"x6"
score on long side @ 1/2", 2-1/2", 4-1/2", 6-1/2"

score on short side @ 2" and 4"

cut out corner pieces at each end,
cut score lines from edge to center piece,
use 1-3/4" circle punch above flap

slip long end through hole
of decorative label punch
to add edging

fold up, adhere together, and
adhere and tuck flap to long piece

stamp sentiment on white and use
curly label punch -- also with accent piece
cut in half
use adhesive to attach accent piece
behind sentiment
stamp festive flurry snowflake,
use festive flurry framelit
adhere snowflake to large flap,
attach 5 - 1-3/4" pieces of d.s.p.
around box, attach sentiment,
attach 14" of 1/8" tafetta ribbon,
pop in drink cup

stamps: festive flurry, petite pairs, bring on the cake
paper: bermuda bay, whisper white, naturals white 11" x 6", season of style d.s.p. (5 squares)
ink: bermuda bay
accessories/tools: bermuda bay 1/8" taffeta ribbon, simply scored, festive flurry framelits, curly label, decorative label, 1-3/4" circle punch

Now here are the directional buttons to help you navigate through all the projects created by my demo friends:


  1. nice cards and I like the drink holder too. :)

  2. Great projects Bev. I especially like the one you call "traditional". I've been doing all blue, white and Smoky Slate this year.

  3. Your cards are so pretty, Bev - and I love that single K-cup holder - so cute!

  4. Great cards and that little cup holder is so cute. Now my mind is really going about using them for "usable" favors at my next event.

  5. Awesome!!!! I don't have that first stamp set and you're really making me want it, lol! The drink cup holder is terrific, and I will definitely be making some of those - thank you!!

  6. Hi Bev, thanks so much for being part of this blog hop. I love to see your unique take on things. The card with the Cherry Cobbler, Season of Style and Gold Foil sheets is gorgeous. I've been using a lot of silver but will have to get out of my rut and try some cards with the gold. There's a real warmth to the combination of gold and red, isn't there? I love the clean and simple lines of your "masculine" card. The great thing is that it is perfect for any gender because of its simplicity. I'm going to have to come back and check to see if those technical difficulties have been overcome because I'd love to watch the building of the single cup drink holder. What a great gift for a neighbour, teacher or co-worker! Love it.

  7. Great projects. I absolutely love your gold embossed Christmas tree card, great textures. thank you for the instructions for your single cup holder, can't wait to try it. your instructs are clear and easy to understand.

  8. Congratulations on your first video, Bev. I've never made one (yet) and am constantly amazed at how well people put theirs together. Yours was seamless and very well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Your cards are beautiful! I love the drink holder. That is a great idea!

  11. Thanks for adding the tutorial for making that adorable cup holder! That's something I definitely want to try.

  12. Hi Bev,

    I love your cards! The cup holder is FABULOUS!!! Thanks for the video & photos, they'll make it easier to duplicate your cute project.

    May I have your permission to CASE this for a stamp camp or craft fair?

    Peace, Love & Joy,
    Joyce Fisher