The Wacky Watercooler March Madness Blog Hop

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited for my first blog hop! I’m still working on developing my blog and I’m so glad to have some extra visitors! Thanks so much to the Wacky Watercooler ladies for welcoming me into the group for the March Madness blog hop! Whether you’re coming over from Marsha’s blog or you’re just getting started hopping, I’m glad you’re here! My first project is my ‘fun fold’ card. Thanks to my upline Nikki Barnhart for featuring this idea at our last team meeting. I just love getting to spend time with other demonstrators and learning from them. For this card I used the Indescribable Gift stamp set. This set is perfect for Easter cards, but would be great throughout spring and summer too. Don’t wait to order this set because it’s only available through June 2!


To make this card, I started with a folded card base, and made a cut 1 1/4″ from each side, just until I reached the fold. The center flap needs to be scored or folded approximately in the center. Here is a picture of what the base should look like.

I sealed the side flaps to the back of the card. To get the center flap to stay up for displaying the card, just attach a strip of cardstock using Stampin’ Dimensionals, so that it pops up a little. Secure the folded flap behind the strip.

My next card features the Butterfly Basics stamp set that I’m featuring as my stamp set of the month. I love love love the fern in this set. I love eclectic sets like this because you can make so many different types of cards using just this stamp set. Sometimes I drag out 12 stamp sets to create one card. With this set, you don’t have to do that.


For my third project, I chose this tree card that I made using the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. I participated in my first card making challenge recently, and this was the result! The challenge was to find a piece of artwork from and to use it as my inspiration for a card. Here was my inspiration.

To make this card I began by stamping the tree onto watercolor paper with Stazon ink. Next I stamped the flowers/snowflakes (depending on your imagination) with Versamark and embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then I used our Stampin’ Write markers to add the colors. When I was done coloring, I took a large solid stamp, spritzed it with water, and stamped over top of my ‘artwork.’ I repeated this until I had stamped the entire area. That’s pretty much it- just add some baker’s twine and slap it onto a card base!

So that’s it! My first blog hop post! If I’m lucky maybe the Wacky Watercooler ladies will let me come back next month! Thanks for visiting! Now hippity hop on over to Heidi’s blog where the March Madness blog hop will continue!

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13 Replies to “The Wacky Watercooler March Madness Blog Hop”

  1. Christine Giuda

    Anna, first of all welcome to the blog hop. What great projects. I absolutely love your take on van Gogh. I need to try something like this. Great job.

  2. Gail Allen

    Congratulations on your first Hop with the Wacky Watercooler Crew. Your projects are all amazing. I really like the tree card – it sounds like a very fun technique and looks Van Gough-ish. I’ll have to give it a try!

  3. Deborah Smart

    We’re so glad you joined us in this ‘madness’, Anna! It’s great to welcome you to the Wacky Watercooler gang 🙂 I love your projects; your last card reminds me of Van Goh’s ‘Starry Night’

    • Kathy L

      I love your cards! Beautiful folded card, lovely butterfly card, and a card that reminds me of van Gogh! That’s a collection to be proud of. Hope to see more of what you do.

  4. Heidi Weaver

    Hi Anna, thanks so much for being part of our blog hop. That’s a great looking centre-easel fold you’ve created. Love that Indescribable Gift stamp set and the way you’ve used it. I agree with you about the Basic Butterfly stamp set. It’s so versatile and I love the way you’ve used it for your card. The fern is one of my favourite stamps as well. What a gorgeous card you’ve created, getting inspiration from the work of art. I love the colours and energy of your creation. Well done!

  5. Bev

    I’m with Kathy and Gail … as soon as I saw your Thoughts and Prayers card, I immediately thought of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. Absolutely breathtaking! stampwithbev

  6. Marie

    Anna, you did a fabulous job. I am so glad you joined the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop. Each of your cards are so nicely done. Love your take on the easel card and your choice of stamp sets.

    I really like Basic Butterflies set too, your right it is eclectic and allows for such creativity.

    Your Thoughts and Prayers card is stunning. Love your take on the artwork. Love, love, love the colors you used.

  7. karen huber

    hi anna & welcome to the blog hop! your designs are beautiful, especially your inspired ‘tree’ cards. i attend painting sessions at a local studio and immediately thought of ‘starry night’ when i saw your card as it is one of choices there! hope you continue to hop with this talented group ~ smiles, karen 😉


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