Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop No. 5

A month sure does fly by.  Here we are again creating and sharing with you our latest and greatest cards and projects.  You may have traveled here from Marsha's blog.  Aren't her projects very unique, classic and professional? Let's hope I can measure up!

This first card uses a variation of the retiform grid technique.  The basic instructions for this technique can be found at the hyperlink to splitcoaststampers tutorials.  My variation was to simply place a scrap piece of cardstock across the paper and use a dauber to sponge in the colours one at a time.

I just have to say I am really enjoying that smoky slate cardstock.  It is a simple, light, neutral colour to just throw in if you want something different without overpowering your design.

stamps:  perfect pennants
ink: pool party, pink pirouette, daffodil delight, black stazon
paper: whisper white, smoky slate, island indigo, sweet sorbet d.s.p.

My second card is a little whimsical, playful and I hope inspirational.  It will be going to a very special someone in the days ahead. Note the definition on the flower -- I used the new chalk marker for the first time.  I like it better than the white gel pen.

stamps: perfect pennants, flower shop, gorgeous grunge
ink: wisteria wonder, island indigo, chalk marker
paper: wisteria wonder, whisper white, island indigo, watercolor wonder d.s.p.
tools: pansy punch, banner framelits, edge distresser 

For my final project, I made a 3D item.  It is a tea light or votive gift box.  It will hold 3 tea lights.  I received inspiration and tips from France Martin's chocolate box.  Click on the hyperlink to view France Martin's video for this fabulous box.  (Also go to her blog to get other tips and tricks.)

This is my own creation.  Wow it sure takes awhile to figure out measurements.  Anyhow, for this box, you need a 5-5/8" square piece of cardstock or DSP.
On the envelope punch board, punch/score @ 1-1/2" & 3-3/4" on two opposing sides.  On the other two sides, follow existing score lines with the score guide to punch/score.  Don't worry the video explains it completely.  And if you are lucky, the notes will show up too -- turn on annotations.  I did those instead of closed captions. But if you want a good laugh, turn on the automatic captions. They're hilarious!

Here is what my candle box looks like:


Stamps: perfect pennants, teeny, tiny wishes
Ink: island indigo, pool party, crisp cantaloupe
Paper: gold foil, watercolor wonder dsp, whisper white, piece of plastic
Tools, envelope punch board, owl builder punch, oval framelits

Clicking on the candle box image will take you to the video or if it is visible to you, here it is below:

Whew! Finished!  Thanks for stopping by.  Next you will see some wonderfully delicate creations by Christine.

Here are the buttons for the blog hop:


  1. Great projects, Bev! Love the candle box one. I am going to CASE that!

  2. Wow! Designing a box and adding a video. Thank you for the great projects!

  3. Wow - amazing projects, Bev!! Gorgeous cards, and *applause* to you for figuring out how to make the gift box - it turned out beautifully!

  4. Bev, love your whimsical, playful and inspirational card! Great way to use all those elements. I also like the chalk marker better than the gel pen.

  5. Just loved the second card, wow, thinking out of the box to use the chalkboard marker on the flower, I love the look!

  6. Bev, love all these projects. Definitely trying that candle box.
    Wonderful cards.

  7. Nice work, Bev! Especially love the watercolor wonder/Gorgeous Grunge card.

  8. Great projects, Bev. Love that watercolor wonder with the Gorgeous Grunge (my current favorite stamp set!).

  9. Hi Bev, thank you for being part of the Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing your creations each time. The way you've used the retiform grid technique in conjunction with the Sweet Sorbet DSP is striking. Love it! I also love your combination of stamp sets for the "Life doesn't have to be perfect" card. That and the variety of angles with which you've mounted your layers really makes this card special. I'm going to have to try the Chalk Marker as an accent the way you have---it's so effective.

    And then there is the box. I love that candle box and intend to CASE it, Susan. Including the video makes that so much easier, thank you. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Once again you've reminded me how wonderful that Envelope Punch Board is. Not to mention your wonderful crafting and teaching skills. Perfect Pennants is really turning out to be a go to stamp set isn't it. Love the fun sentiments and your presentation of them is perfect. Thanks for jumping on board the hop once again. Wonderful too that you've taken the time to share your skills in yet another video. Hugs and off to pin!

  11. thanks for sharing your projects,Bev!