Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop

Ah September ... a time for new beginnings and such. I hope all the changes in your life are manageable. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren't. That's why it can be comforting at this time to concentrate on seasonal changes where we know Summer will turn into Fall and on it goes. Let's take a look, shall we?

Perhaps you have arrived here during this Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop from Penny. Do you love her creations as much as I do? I hope my projects measure up!  

For this blog hop, I decided to illuminate the approaching Autumn with a little glimpse at Winter.

With this card, if you are familiar with the Work of Art stamp set, you will notice I used one of those stamps to create the pumpkin. After the initial stamping, I added in some other colours to create the variations you see on actual pumpkins. The stem I drew freehand with the green marker. Notice the tiny little leaf from the Lovely as a Tree set -- outlined in green, then coloured in to reflect the colours we see in so many leaves at this time of year.

stamps: wetlands, lovely as a tree, work of art, for all things
ink: delightful dijon, tangelo twist, tangerine tango, old olive, hello honey
paper: delightful dijon, daffodil delight, into the woods dsp., shimmery white

This neat little card fits perfectly in a regular envelope just like the 5-1/2"x4-1/4" cards. I wanted to make something a little different. I am thinking about making place cards for Thanksgiving and thought this type of card might just work. There is a tutorial and video on Splitcoaststampers by Mary Jo for a Free Standing Pop-Up Card: HERE.  I also looked over the instructions Lyssa gave for what she calls a Kleenex Box Card: HERE. Her instructions helped me with punching the base for the slit. I made a few adjustments to come up with my version. I've included the paper sizes below to help you out. Notice the tiny little flowers on the base on either side of the card. They help this 3D item to sit flatter on the table.

stamps: for all things, kinda eclectic, wondrous wreath, tin of cards
ink: real red, hello honey, old olive, chocolate chip
paper for pop-up card: real red (5-1/4"x3-1/2"), whisper white (5"x3-1/4"), hello honey (3-1/4"x1"), into the woods dsp (3-1/4"x7/8")
paper for box: old olive (4-1/4"x11" -- score @ 1", 2-3/4", 3-3/4", 5-1/2", 7-1/4", 8-1/4", 10")
other: real red cotton ribbon, wondrous wreath framelits, decorative label punch, word window punch (to make slit)

My third and final submission is a Christmas card. I have been playing around with scenes again. It really is my favourite mode of card creation. I can get wrapped up in the process and lose track of, well, just about anything. For this card I used sponge daubers to swoosh the colours directly from the ink pads to the paper. Teared post-it notes were used to mask off areas to create snow. You just keep moving the post-it notes down and dauber from the post-it note up toward the last line of snow. Also I punched out a 3/4" circle on a post-it and stuck it on to mask for the moon. Unfortunately, I don't think the colours look true in the photo. 

stamps: lovely as a tree
ink: island indigo, lost lagoon, soft sky, mossy meadow
paper: island indigo, whisper white

Thanks for taking a peek --

And now, without further ado, you can click on NEXT below to head to Kathe's blog to see her fresh, down-to-earth style:


  1. Love your 'scene' card - that's one of my favourite things to do too. Your snowbanks look very real.

  2. Never, you've hit it out of the park!! I just like be all your cards; the free standing pop up card is brilliant - love your idea to use it for place cards. You really have a knack for sponging scenes; just beautiful!

  3. Hi Bev; your Kleenex box card is fabbie--can't imagine making many of those for Thanksgiving decorations, but you go girl! Your guests would LOVE them! Great projects; and thanks for reminding me of Lovely as a Tree--your card is perfect!

  4. Wow Bev these projects are amazing. I really like your art work on the first card and third cards. Your scenes are beautiful and your colour choices really work well. Your second card is such a fun pop-up. I remember making one a long time ago, and it was such fun to make. What beautiful place cards it would make. Thanks for sharing the links.

  5. Wow, Bev, these are definitely Wow! cards! I love all the little details - the color variation in the pumpkin (and that little leaf is perfect), the flowers to stabilize the pop-up card, and all the layered colors in the snow scene.

  6. Bev, your creativity with the Work of Art stamp set is inspiring. I have that set and it just sits on my shelf, you've made me think about getting it out! The Kleenex Box is so cute, I think it would make great Thanksgiving cards. You did a wonderful job creating a scene with Lovely as a Tree. TFS

  7. Bev, I love your tree card, it's awesome!! And you're pop up card is fantastic!

  8. Hi Bev, thanks so much for continuing to be part of our terrific blog hop. You always bring such a unique look to stamp sets I've taken for granted. That pumpkin, for example, which you've created using the Work of Art set is wonderful. Love the various layers of colour and the way you've added those Wetlands grasses. I've seen those free-standing pop-up cards before and love their appearance but your idea to make them into place cards is awesome. That goes into my "ideas" journal. And the way you've used one of my all-time favourite stamps, Lovely as a Tree, is absolutely stunning.

  9. Bev, I love the pop-up card and it reminds me how long it's been since I made one. Thank you so much for the measurements. The Christmas card is stunning, too!

  10. Wow, Bev! Love that winter scene! And, that pumpkin, it's great!

  11. Love the inspiration you've shared this time around Miss Bev. I've been trying to remember what the free standing pop up card was called so I could Google a tutorial. My upline taught me that one about 7 or 8 years ago and I've been wanting to return to it. Thanks for making it simple!
    Beautiful winter scene too. I'm adding that to my CASE list that must be done now...before the real deal of winter makes the fingers too cold to create it. :D