Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! Welcome to the April Blog Hop sponsored by the Wacky Watercooler gang.

Were you just visiting Priscilla's entries? Doesn't she have a funky upbeat style?

This will be my first blog hop in a long time. This one interests me for two reasons. Firstly, we are to feature the retiring incolors. Secondly,  we are to CASE a certain artist. That means the coordinator gives us each a name from the list of blog-hop participants, we look up projects on his/her blog, choose something we like, then make something similar. I am privileged to be given Marsha to CASE. If you click on her name, you will be redirected to her blog, Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe. And HERE is a link to the post which features this adorable and cheery Spring card:

Here is the card I made using hers as an example:

Gotta say I think I like hers better. Anyhow ... I turned the sketch around to have the banners shoot out to the left. There are many differing touches. Notice the lattice embossing folder used on Marsha's flowers. I decided to use the stylish stripes e.f. and run the big flower through one direction and then another to make crisscrosses. I also used a cotton ball to add a little blushing bride colour around the fun flower image.

stamps: world of dreams, banner banter, tin of cards
ink: blackberry bliss, cucumber crush, blushing bride
paper: blushing bride glimmer, delightful dijon, blackberry bliss, whisper white thick
punches: banner, petite petals, 3/4" and 1" circle, itty bitty shapes (R), fun flower
stylish stripes embossing folder and a cotton ball

My next card uses a collar fold. It is so easy ... really!
  1. Use a piece of dsp measuring 5-1/2" x 4"
  2. Pinch to crease along the long edge (just the edge - not all the way across) 
  3. Cut a slit at the crease measuring 1-3/4" long
  4. Use a stylus and ruler to make 2 diagonal creases from the inner point of cut to the two opposite corners
  5. Fold back both sides along the creases and adhere to the dsp front
  6. Adhere dsp 'collar' to card base

stamps: amazing trio
ink: blackberry bliss
paper: blushing bride, blackberry bliss, love blossoms dsp stack, whisper white
punches/thinlits: 1" and 1-1/4" circle; butterflies
whisper white 5/8" organza ribbon

For my final card, I utilized three retiring incolors. And, yes, it has another butterfly ;)
I have been seeing so many lovely butterflies here! Spring has come a month earlier than usual in this part of Canada, and I must celebrate it!

stamps: for all things, timeless textures
ink: hello honey, blackberry bliss, lost lagoon, daffodil delight
paper: whisper white, blackberry bliss
butterflies thinlets, rhinestone basic jewels

That's all folks!

And ... may you ...

stampwithbev * every * day

Here are the navigational buttons for the Hop. The previous button will take you back to Priscilla's blog; the home button will take you to the Wacky Watercooler main page; and the next button will take to Heidi's blog. The choice is yours ...


  1. Bev, you did a great job CASEing Marsha! The embossing on the flower petals is a great touch. And I love the butterfly card with the Timeless Textures stamp set - that set is a great addition to my growing collection of texture stamps.

  2. Hi Bev, it's so true that Spring has come early for this part of Canada. But I'm not complaining. The wonderful greenery and opening blooms make my heart happy. I love your CASE of Marsha's card. You've clearly been inspired by it and yet it is completely your own, with all your expected creative touches. (Using the stylish stripes in two directions to make the criss-cross effect: brilliant). I still haven't made a collar fold card and really have to try that. Thanks for the directions. I love all those textured stamps, the various colours and the bits of bling on your final card. Thanks for being part of our crazy April Blog Hop.

  3. Bev I like how you turned Marsha's card sketch around and made it your own with the addition of the sentiments and the use of the stripes EF on your flower petals. I really like your collar fold card with its bold blackberry bliss butterfly and sentiment. Your decision to use the 3 In-colours on your third card really pays off. I like how you mixed the images from the Timeless Textures stamp set to give small subtle pops of colour to offset the bold butterfly. Nicely done!

  4. Beautiful projects, Bev! They're all so springy and pretty. Love the butterflies, and your CASE was lovely. The touch of glimmer paper was nice!

  5. Butterflies and flowers - perfect for a spring blog hop, Bev! Great job on CASEing Marsha's card, and I like how you turned the collar fold so that it was on the bottom.

  6. Bev, what a wonderful CASE. I really like the sparkle you added with the glitter paper - beautiful! I love butterfly cards, so I was excited to see yours. I also haven't tried the collar fold yet, you have inspired me to do so. Thank you for sharing the directions. Timeless Textures is one of my new favorite "go to" stamps, love your use of it. TFS

  7. Great projects, Bev! I like how you switched the orientation of my card you CASEd. I've not done a collar fold card so need to try that one.

  8. Lovely cards, Bev, especially the collar-fold with the touch of ribbon peeking through. And the embedded butterfly with the Timeless Textures is stunning. And of course, the sparkle on your CASED card--who doesn't love bling?