Friday, September 13, 2013

The Wacky Watercooler Holiday Catalog Blog Hop!

Wacky Watercooler New Catalog(ue) Blog Hop

Welcome!! Hopefully you have arrived here from Heidi's blog, if not then I'm sure you are missing out on something awesome!! So, just click on the Holiday Blog Hop banner above, and start from the beginning of our Hop! I'm sure you are all looking forward to trying out the latest & greatest goodies from Stampin' Up's holiday catalog, and we are here to tempt you further!

I'm really in love with all the beautiful papers in this year's catalog!!! So my designs are going to feature the newest papers, with an older technique - tea bag folding! What's that???

Tea bag folding is a kind of origami that was developed late in the 20th Century in Holland. Origami itself is a Japanese art of paper folding that dates back to antiquity. However, it has become a popular craft in many places around the world and has given rise to new designs and trends such as tea bag folding.

Tea bag folding was developed by a Dutch woman named Tiny van der Plas. She had been practicing origami for quite some time before she came up with this technique. The story goes that she was sitting at home one day having a cup of tea when she realized that she'd forgotten to get a birthday card for her sister. As she sat there, she began fiddling with the small paper envelope that her tea bag had come in. This gave her an idea for a new kind of origami.

This new kind of origami that Ms. van der Plas developed is made by using small square pieces of paper, like the packets that tea bags come in, and folding them in such a way as to create a three-dimensional interlocking design. Following the history of how this kind of origami was invented, tea bag folding is often used to create embellishments for greeting cards. They are also sometimes used to affix to gifts and certificates of achievement. They can also be used to embellish pages of scrapbooks and photo albums.

Pretty cool, huh?

Project #1
I love, love, love the classic Christmas colors of this year's Season of Style designer papers!! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Whisper White! Everything you need for fun, traditional paper crafting this year. If you'd like to see a video making this version of tea bag folding, you can view it here.
Stamps: Christmas Messages
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP paper pack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Circle framelits, vintage faceted buttons, large pearl, mini glue dots, decorative label punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, dimensionals


Project #2
Want a fun, new twist on holiday colors?? Then you will so fall in love with the Winter Frost designer papers!! It features one of our latest colors Coastal Cabana, as well as the lighter shade, Pool Party! Also new are the foiled papers: Silver Foil (shown here), as well as Gold Foil, and the new Expressions framelits - for the perfect greeting. If you'd like to view a video to make this Christmas tree, you can view it here.
Stamps: none
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil paper, Winter Frost DSP paper pack
Ink: none
Accessories: Bitty star punch, Expressions framelit, polka dot embossing folder, dimensionals, mini glue dots, Tombow multi adhesive


Project #3 
If you've seen the catalog already, you must have seen the gorgeous new Festive Flurries stamp set and matching framelits. Soooo yummy!!! And everyone is making the most gorgeous ornaments with them. Including me, lol! But I wanted to show something a bit different, so I again used a tea bag folding technique to show off the Winter Frost paper, while making a beautiful, sparkling ornament. Did you notice the new rhinestone embellishment in the center? And the super sparkly, silver ribbon?  Both are new, and only available while supplies last in the Holiday catalog!!! (So get 'em while you can!) To see a video making this fold, you can view it here.
Stamps: Festive Flurries
Paper: Pool Party, Silver glimmer paper, Winter Frost DSP paper pack
Ink: Illuminate inkpad
Accessories: 1/8" silver ribbon, Frosted Finishes embellishment, mini glue dots, Tombow multi adhesive

To start at the beginning!

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Thanks so much for popping by! I'd love it if you left a comment if you enjoyed the projects I've shown you today!

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Have fun!!!


Deanna said...

Those are awesome cards with an interesting twist. I've never done tea bag folding before. Will have to try it. Love the cards.

Gail said...

Great projects Jeannie. I've tried tea bag folding - my fingers don't work well enough to do it but I love the look!

Amy said...

Wow! Your projects are aMAZing. I'm never precise enough to make that sort of thing work. Ha. I really love what you did with the papers!

Christine Alward said...

Very intersting cards, have to ty this. Thanks!

Heidi Weaver said...

Jeanne, I love the way you've used folding in all your projects. I am definitely going to use your videos as a tutorial to try to make some of these myself. I can't say which one I like most because they're all wonderful in their own way. Well, maybe the tree. Just because I love those colours. Or not...maybe I love them all equally. They're awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this great new technique.

Terri said...

awesome projects, Jeannie!! My favorite is the ornament. I'll have to learn the tea bag folding. We miss you over at SC!

Deborah Smart said...

Jeanne, I'm blown away by your amazing paper-folding! I'm definitely going to watch your video, and see if don't make too much of a mess! So glad you're part of this Hop :)

Mary said...

Love your Christmas cards, blue one is my fav!

Bev said...

Those folds are truly amazing! Oh my I reslly want to try that. You have a video on it? Can you say "bookmark"? Saving this for later. Super, super, super!

Gail said...

Great projects!
I didn't do the blog hop!
I know, I'm a slackard!
I'm tempted though cause your stuff is so great!

Linda Callahan said...

Your folding is fabulous!

Ribbon Girl said...

Great folding projects Jeanie - especially the Christmas Tree and the Hanging Ornament - very pretty! I've never tried this technique but I've added it to my list to give it a go! hugs Mary x

Susan said...

I love these cards, Jeannie! You will have to teach me how to do that!

Anonymous said...

Love the cards! I've seen this technique but have yet to try it. I think after looking at your creations I'll be doing that soon :)

KatheD said...

i ♥ ALL of your beautiful projects (as always!) and especially appreciate the video links and history "lesson" :) Thanks!

Darrah said...

I want to CASE all 3 of these for my stamp camp next week, but my customers will freak if I do more than one folding project, so now I have to decide. Sigh.
I am going to check out all 3 videos and maybe decorate for Christmas this year. I haven't decorated in years and years.

Intense Guy said...

That Christmas tree one is really cool!

I assume the color is "Winter Frost" - someday maybe we will see a color like Konik Pinaceae Cedrus

Rita said...

Those are just so pretty! You are so clever. Love both the cards and the ornament, too. Yes, pretty new papers and colors. :)

Ribbon Girl said...

My sister and I had a go at the hanging decoration - ours didn't look anything like yours but we had fun making them - it's on my blog (playing with ribbon)

Beth Steel said...

I DO enjoy your projects! Keep 'em coming. I look forward to seeing many more...thanks for sharing the videos as well.

Created by Kath said...

What fun projects! TFS

Unknown said...

hi jeannie, i absolutely love the designs you shared & especially the technique! i have done origami but hadn't heard of the tea bag folding. can't wait to come back & view your videos!

thanks for the inspiration ~ smiles, karen ;-)

Unknown said...

All gorgeous! It's a few years since I did any teabag folding, so will refresh my memory with your videos, and maybe CASE your lovely work for my Christmas classes. Thanks so much

Anonymous said...

Oops! I didn't mean to be "unknown"; I always seem to have trouble leaving comments on blogger blogs! Jan McAnulty

AliceKay said...

What great cards! Love them!