15 May 2014

The Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop

Welcome to our May Blog Hop.  It's still Spring and, of course, there are still occasions happening that require cards and other projects.  We can't forget Father's Day, after all, or Graduation, or, perhaps upcoming weddings or birthdays.  This month we're concentrating on all the retiring products which we will miss when they go at the end of the month.  We're also welcoming some of the new products which we have been allowed to order as a sneak peek for the upcoming 2014/15 Annual Catalogue.  In other words, "out with the old and welcome the new".  It's going to be fun!

This month we have seven participants.  They've joined us from various areas of the United States and Canada and bring with them a diversity of inspiring designs.  It's always exciting to see what surprises they'll offer us, isn't it?  The variety never fails to surprise me.  Our line-up, in order of appearance, is as follows:

          Kathe D. -  Kathe's Adventures

          Stefanie Pletscher -  The Crafty Medic

          Buffy Cooper -  Stamping With Buffy

          Kath R. -  All That Scrap

          Terri Antoniw -  Stamp With Ter

          Deborah Smart -  Stamp and Create With Deborah

          Heidi Weaver -  Stampin Along With Heidi

Our blog hop is a circular one.  Whether you start at the beginning or the end, whether you begin partway through, inevitably you wind up where you began.  Like a ring, the circle is complete and never-ending.  Of course you can "jump off" at any time, but we trust that you'll find our hop so fabulous that you continue right on through all seven blogs.

If you have a moment, please leave a comment on the blogs you visit.  It's always exciting to hear from our visitors.

Thanks so much for joining us.

4 May 2014

Patti Leeke shares her awesome projects

Not everyone has a blog for a variety of reasons, one of which is that they are just not comfortable putting one together.  Patti Leeke is one of those people.  Patti makes some amazing projects which she frequently shares with her fellow-demonstrators.  This time I'm going to share some of these projects with you.

Patti has been designing some beautiful bookmarks.  Some of them spotlight the retiring products while others are made with current products which will continue into the new catalogue.  Either way, the bookmarks are worth seeing and, you guessed it, CASEing.

All of these bookmarks have one thing in common:   they were created using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. What a pretty top that makes, especially with the ribbon laced through the punched hole.  I love the Modern Medley Designer Paper that Patti has used, don't you?  And, of course the Arrow Embossing Folder (which, by the way, is also carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue).

Besides these lovely bookmarks, Patti has also shared a couple of cards with us.

The Wildflower Meadow bundle which Patti used for her first card really makes me think of Spring.  You'll be happy to know that this bundle has also made it into the new Annual Catalogue.  That's good news for those who have been sitting the fence on buying the bundle.  You have another year to get this.  The second card is so elegant, isn't it?  I love white and black!  The musical notes from the Modern Medley Designer Paper are perfect with the piano keys that Patti created using the Word Punch, don't you agree?

Our thanks to Patti Leeke for generously sharing these project with us.