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Thursday, May 15, 2014

a wacky watercooler may blog hop adventure


Welcome to the May Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop - I don't think I've been the first stop before, and I'm *really* glad you're here!  We hope you'll hop on through to see all the projects, we've tried to make it easy by putting them all in a loop with the button links at the end of each post.  

I want to remind you that there are only two weeks left to purchase retiring stamp sets and accessories from the 2013-2014 and Occasions catalogs, and they're only available while supplies last - if you see something you want, don't hesitate to contact your demonstrator!  I pulled out a few of those retiring items to help me decide whether they'll be trasferring to my "permanent" collection.  I started with Make a Cake because I saw this adorable card Amy Koenders made last month, which made me think I've failed to see it's potential before:
stamp sets - Itty Bitty Banners, Make a Cake; ink - Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo; card stock - Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White; designer series paper - Quatrefancy; punch 1-3/4" circle; Big Shot with Bitty Banner framelit 

If you've visited here before, you know how much I enjoy playing with challenges, so I thought I'd try my hand again at a one-layer card for Less is More.  I used the Paper Players colors and the Clean & Simple layout with two more stamp sets that will not be available next month.  Loving Thoughts will definitely be staying in my "permanent" collection - it's such a pretty font and has several useful phrases:
stamp sets: Betsy's Blossoms, Loving Thoughts; ink - Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron; card stock - Naturals White; baker's twine - Calypso Coral
I intended this to be totally flat, but there was a little smudge next to the W, so now there's a little bow - it evokes the flag tail in the sketch, I think.  

Then I thought I'd totally stretch myself and try a shabby style for House of Cards, using a background stamp I think was underused and under appreciated this year, Ex Libris, and a versatile collection of sentiments, Delightful Dozen:
stamp sets - Ex Libris, Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor, Petite Petals; ink - Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Blackberry Bliss; card stock - Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, So Saffron; punches - Full Heart, Petite Petal; basic jewels pearls, stampin' sponge, stampin' dimensionals
That sweet accent color, Blackberry Bliss, is one of the 2014-2015 In Colors being introduced in June - yummy!
Please hop over to Stefanie's blog next and check out her projects - I'm always inspired by her work, so I'm sure you will be, too!




21 comments:

Terri said...

Thank you for sharing your projects! I, too, love that new blackberry color!

Gail said...

Hi Kathe. Great projects. Love the cheerful colours. Your 1-layer card is beautiful!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Fun hop entries Kathe and a wonderful fond farewell to some of my many favorites from this catalog. Thanks for being the starter this time around. Great job!

Buffy said...

Wonderful start to the hop, Kathe! These are so fun - and I love that you had three totally different styles. TFS!

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Kathe, thanks so much for being the leader for this month's blog hop. You certainly got us off to a strong start. Isn't it funny how, when the retirement list comes out, we begin to use some of the stamps that have barely gotten any use so frequently. Your cards for the challenges are a great example of how versatile these retiring stamp sets really are.

BTW I think the little Baker's Twine bow is a perfect embellishment for your card, ink spot or not.

Deborah said...

Fabulous projects, Kathe! The Perfect Plum is gorgeous with the Blackberry Bliss. I think your "less is more" card is my favourite - I'm going to miss Betsy's Blossoms!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

thanks for sharing your card, great colours and style. It's always satisfying when you can combine challenges so well done.
Sarah
Less is More

stampwithsandy said...

All your cards are gorgeous, but the masking on the Betsy's Blossoms card is just superb! Great use of the challenge colors. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players, Kathe!

Crafty Medic said...

I love your work Kathe! Your colour choices are always spot on!

Mynn xx said...

A fabulous trio of cards! LOVE the beautiful purple and distressing on your card for our challenge! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! :) HUGS and happy weekend! Mynn xx

Judy V said...

Great cards! Love the background on your shabby card! Thanks for sharing at House of Cards!

Donna Nuce said...

Gorgeous use of the Exlibris stamp. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards challenge blog.

Chrissie said...

Your one layer card is super Kathe... it is actually supposed to be a Thank you card this week at LIM though!
The others are fab too!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Christine said...

Great cards, Kathe. I love the Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss card.

Christine said...

Great cards, Kathe. I especially love the Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss creation.

Kath Ricks said...

Great job on your one layer I did a quick run through and it wasn't until I went back and really looked that I realized it was one layer.

Anne said...

Sorry to be so late commenting, super cards Kathe and great rescue with the bow!
Thanks for joining us at Less is More
Anne
Less is More Designer

Penny Hanuszak said...

Great cards Kathe. You got the hop off to a great start. TFS.

Marsha J Reed said...

Great projects, Kathe. Really like that Wonderful You card!

lauren bergold said...

oh WOW! all three of these are amazing! but i think the one with the tiny diecut bird perching in the window miiiiiight be my fave! for+ one thing, blackberry bliss really is GORGEOUS, especially with the little hit sof bright yellow. for another, the tilted sentiment strip totally ROCKS my card-makin' WORLD!!! ♥

chera said...

Seriously want to case your clean and simple card! Its stunning...so simple and beautiful