The Wacky Watercooler December 2014 Blog Hop: Best of Edition

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Welcome everyone to the Wacky Watercooler December Blog Hop: Best of Edition where this month we’re featuring projects that highlight the Best of Stampin’ Up products past and present as well as a CASE of a sister hopper.

With luck you’ll be able to find any retired product used on the hop in the current Year End Closeout Sale currently found in the Online Store or through your own local demonstrator.   Of course supplies of products featured in the Year End Closeout Sale are limited to supplies on hand.

Our hop crew is an  international one of Stampin’ Up Demonstrators so don’t be surprised if you see a few different spellings and price guides along the way.  Links to Catalogs will vary by country as well.

If you are moving in hop order you’ve arrived from the very talented Kathe D’s  Kathe’s Adventures blog.  Just the name of Kathe’s blog gets my creative juices flowing.   She and I have shared a number of different hops and groups together and she never disappoints.    You’ll definitely want to go back and check her past posts after the hop.   If you are working in reverse order weren’t you dazzled by Gail’s creative projects?  Gail is another of my international friends.  As a Canadian Gail and I don’t quite share a border (I’m in Oregon) but we do share a love of stamping, cats and hanging around virtual watercoolers to chat!

How ever you are viewing the hop, we’ve built it in a circle so you can join and hop on and off at will.   If you get lost just click the hop banner or the home watercooler button to get back to our hop home site with the list of participants.    You may want to keep an eye on that site in between blog hops as we are trying to post members without blogs projects there somewhat regularly as well.

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First up is my Best of…Kathe D.  As part of the Best of December Hop we drew a hop partner to CASE (Copy And Share Everything).  I was fortunate enough to get Kathe!   I love her clean and simple designs from past hops.  It was a tough choice but I realized I could use a few more past as well as present favorites by selecting this card of hers from last March’s hop.

flowered wood - Kathe Deck

If you know me…you know I love wood & flower themes and am a big fan of the Petite Petal Stamp set.   So…..here’s my interpretation using a retired favorite Woodgrain Background Stamp and going circular instead of oval.   I suppose it’s a bit of a stretch as a CASE goes but it does use flower, leaf and wood themes as well as her Wisteria Wonder principle color so I’m calling it good.  :D    Thanks Kathe for the walk down memory lane as I had a blast flipping through many of what I considered your best.   To see a few others I had considered check these links.  The sunburstThe weave card & Flower Shop card. And lastly Holiday Home.

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CASEing  Kathe D

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I love cards with peek through windows so my scallop circle die from the Circle Flip Card die collection was perfect for that purpose.  Of course it also helps if you remember to stamp the woodgrain background first so you don’t ink through the window!  If you forget…no worries…the large 2-1/2″ Circle punch will come to your rescue and clean up the interior.   It was a sad day for me when Stampin’ Up retired the Woodgrain background though thankfully they gave us a new Hardwood Background like Kathe used!  Sad too was the loss of the Itty Bity Punch Pack.  I know we have a newer version now but I used the old one pretty much every day so you know it’s seen a lot of love!

Supplies:

Stamps: Petite Petals, Trust God, Woodgrain Background (retired)

Ink: Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Garden Green, Very Vanilla & Daffodil Delight Cardstocks

Punches: Petite Petal, Bird Builder, 2-1/2″ Circle (interior sentiment), Itty Bitty Punch Pak

Other: Big Shot,  Scalloped Circle Framelit from the Circle Thinlit Card die collection, Glue dots and Multipurpose Liquid Tombow

Note: You can fancy up the card with pearls in the flower centers but I wanted this card to be easy to mail…and besides…it’s heading out to a woodworking guy…wasn’t quite sure how he would feel about pearls!

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As a big fan of Stampin’ Up dies and punches I was jazzed to get to bring some oldies but goodies out to play with as part of my Best of presentation.  Always a tricky proposition to declare a favorite don’t you think?  After all if I buy a stamp or die or punch you know I love it!  From En Francais my all time favorite background stamp to the Beautiful Butterflies and Lattice dies it’s so hard to choose.   It was nice to see this year that even Stampin’ Up felt compelled to bring back a Best of favorite stamp set.  Endless Wishes.   Last years phenomenon sell out set made it back into this years 2014 Holiday Catalog.  Bless you Stampin’ Up!  That being the case I knew I had to meld old and new into a fun Christmas Angel card using two retired dies and an angelic choirful of punches.  Beautiful Butterflies and Perfect Pennants are here to stay in my collection that’s for sure and unless they’ve sold out by now both are available in the Year End Closeout Sale.

Butterfly Die Angels

Angel - Endless Wishes punch art - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

Supplies:

Stamps: Endless Wishes

Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink

Paper:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, & Brushed Gold Cardstocks.

Punches: Scallop Border, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, 7/8″ Scallop Circle, Word Window, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retired),

Other: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Bigz die (retired), Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (retired), Fancy Fan embossing folder, Argyle embossing folder, Heat Tool, Silver Embossing powder, clear embossing powder, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds

NOTE:  Check back next week for a punch chart and a framed project using this Angel idea and more tips on the construction.

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Another great reason to list the Butterfly die as a best of….it makes stencils!   Stampin’ Up a while back shared this fun video and it inspired me to create this card last Spring (yep..I forgot to post it then) using my very own die cut stencil and a few fun stamp sets like En Francais and Happy Watercolor.  The bonus to this video tutorial…it also uses En Francais.   I used that too in my CASE of the video but unfortunately it don’t show up quite as well as I intended in the photo.

Beautiful butterflies die & En Francais & Happy Watercolor - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

How about a quick hint for our upcoming Spring catalog…Beautiful Wings Embosslit (also used in the card above) will have a new die cutting butterfly product to keep it company.   Sh..Shh…..

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Christmas Cactus Box

Christmas Cactus Box - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

Last up is my pick for Best of Newer Product from the Annual Catalog.  The Envelope Punch Board!  If you’ve been hopping with us before you know this very cool tool makes more than envelopes!   This project also highlights another of my favorite best of’s from the past.  Core’dinations Paper.  Especially the pack from last years In Colors.  I love that you can sand the paper to reveal another color!   This is also my Christmas tribute to my beloved Mother-in-Law Dorothy Fitch.   I still miss her presence in my life, so every Christmas I try to come up with something that reminds me of her many Christmas traditions.   This year it’s her annual Christmas Cactus that was the inspiration.   Now if only she was still here for me to present her gift in this fun filled box.

The “cactus” flower is made using the Blossom Punch.   Once I punched a few layers I placed them in the Fancy Fan embossing folder and then sanded lightly over the top.  And Voila!   The Fancy Fan image appeared.   Before putting the box itself together I stamped the surface with En Francais to add a bit of depth and texture to the look of the box.  I also made a slit in the top to close the box.  The decorated side panels were also sanded in the Fancy Fan folder and the ends were punched with…can you guess…yep…the heart punch.  Gives a bit of a curve to the ends.

Here’s a side view so you can see how it all went together:

Christmas Cactus box sideview - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

If you’d like directions on how to make the box with the Envelope Punch Board you can find it here  & here.

Supplies:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, En Francais Background (retired)

Ink: Versamark, Garden Green

Paper: Wild Wasabi,  Razpberry Ripple Cardstocks, Primrose Petals Core’dinations

Punches: Blossom, 1″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Heart

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Envelope Punch Board, Glue Dots and Dimensionals.

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 That’s it for my post for this December Best of Watercooler Hop.   Hop along now to see the wonderful and talented Gail and the rest of the “Best of” hop entries and look for our Wacky Watercooler crew every month as we create more new hops for your viewing and crafting pleasure in the new year.   Click the appropriate watercooler buttons to find your way.   And if you would like to view past hops…check out our hop home page and scroll to see links to other hops and hoppers.   Always a creative treat!

Hugs & Holiday Love – Jean

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Year End Close Outs available online now!

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So many great deals with Holiday and other items from past and present. To long a list to list it all…you won’t want to miss it so check out my online store for the full listing and then order from me before January 5th:

Click the icon to see my online store!

 

For more information contact me at:

Phone: 541-702-2366      Email: jlfstudio@live.com

 

More details on the sale:

· Promotion Dates: 5 December 2014 – 5 January 2014.
· No minimum purchase required.
· No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Closeout items.
· Items offered during the Year-End Closeouts are while supplies last.
· Customers can add non-Year-End Closeout items to their order.
· Year-End Closeouts orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
· Following the Year-End Closeouts sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
· Orders must be placed online.

Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza Sale is open for shopping!

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On your mark…get set…SHOP!

Yep the fabulous Online Extravaganza Sale is on!

You can order online through my demonstrator website, call me with questions or an order at ( 541-702-2366) or email me with an order or questions at jlfstudio@live.com

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Click flyer image to open the US version of the Sales Flyer

Mondays’s Doorbuster Deals now include the Holiday Catalog textured embossing folders as well as the all but 4 of the Annual Catalog folders.

Remember supplies are limited for the doorbuster deals.

Monday’s special 24 hour only deals – click here

Hostess Code to use for online orders: Y2WFBJGN

For ideas for the Gift Box Punch Board that’s on sale Monday only check my Pinterest Board here.

One last note:  Regular merchandise can be included with the sale order and so can the weekly deal and clearance rack.

Enjoy!

Jean Fitch in pink

The Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop: Thanksgiving & Christmas Edition

Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to the Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop where this month we’re featuring projects for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the days in between.

I’ve been away from the hops and blogging for awhile as many of you know but it’s a joy to be back and hopping again with my favorite wacky watercooler crew of hoppers.

We’re an international crew so don’t be surprised if you see a few different spellings and price guides along the way.  Links to Catalogs will vary by country as well.   Which reminds me…have you seen the newest Holiday assortment found in the Holiday Supplement?  It just went live this week.

 2014 Holiday Supplement

Here’s the U.S.  2014 Holiday Supplement (US version) .

 Holiday Supplement (PDF)

HolidaySupplement Stampin’ Supplies  (PDF)

 Spanish Flyer (PDF)

Want to see the variety of stars you can create with the Holiday Supplement Many Merry Stars Kit?  Check out the Stampin’ Up Pinterest Board here!  And the Stampin’ Up Youtube site for related videos.

If you are moving in hop order you’ve arrived from the very talented Kath R’s  All That Scrap blog.   I love the title of her blog…love Kath  too!  Amazing what she gets done with all that reconstruction going on.   You’ll definitely want to go back and check her past posts after the hop especially if you love dragons or are addicted to the new Curvy Keepsake box die.   If you are working in reverse order weren’t your socks knocked off by Deb’s wonderful projects?  Deb has been a regular on our Watercooler Hop schedule and never fails to show me something I have to CASE!  Another dear friend I discovered through stamping and hers is another blog to investigate after the hop for sure EH?  Yep..Deb’s Canadian.  I couldn’t resist. :D

How ever you are viewing the hop, we’ve built it in a circle so you can join and hop on and off at will.   If you get lost just click the hop banner or the home watercooler button to get back to our hop home site with the list of participants.    You may want to keep an eye on that site in between blog hops as we are trying to post members without blogs projects there somewhat regularly as well.

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As it’s October and Fall is still in full swing here in Southern Oregon (yep my two lonely non-pine trees are now all red though after last nights wind storm only a brave few are left to admire) I thought I’d start off with a Fall inspired card, perfect for gifting those at your Thanksgiving or other fall event table.  My Grandmother used to tell me I was always gilding the lily with my stories and modes of dress so of course I thought of her when I decided to gild the leaves (and every other part of the card) on this one.

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Golden Leaves Fall Card

Golden Leaves Fall Card - watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps: Trust God, Apothecary Art, Pumpkin Welcome Kit stamp (spots – you can also use Gorgeous Grunge), Itty Bitty Banners

Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Versamark, Encore Gold

Paper: Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Brushed Gold Cardstock

Punches: Scallop Oval, Decorative Label, Extra Large Oval, Envelope Punch Board

Other: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz die, Bitty Banners Framelit or paper snips to cut the banner, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Big Polka Dots embossing folder,  Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, linen thread

Found this video that showed a cool gilded leaf technique (works on buttons too) and that set me on the path for this card.   Turned out to be a hit at my September Stamp Camp though people kept asking…what do we add gold to next?  {grin}  I decided to draw the line at gilding the linen thread, though to be honest…I did consider it for more than a few seconds. :D   Tried several different embossing folders too but the Large Polka Dot folder proved to be the most popular.  Adding a single rounded corner to the base and two to the focal piece added to the “mod” look of the piece too.  Of course it all glitters even more in person.

Gilded spots, gilded button, gilded leaves and a bit of brushed gold cardstock (the mat behind the sentiment) makes for a project that’s truly “golden” don’t you think?

Here’s the project PDF if you’d like to recreate it:

Golden Leaves Fall Card – September 2014 Stamp Camp

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Endless Wishes Aurora Card

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Endless Wishes is turning out to be one of my favorite stamp sets.  I’m very grateful to Stampin’ Up! for bringing it back for this years Holiday Catalog.  We endlessly wished for its return and…Voila!…here it is!   Last years run of stamp production ran out in two weeks…this year we get it for the whole run of the Holiday Catalog…so if you love it as much as I do…order it before January 5th or you’ll be wishing you had.  This is a set that works all year round with words like joy, cheers and more.

This is another CASE of a card I saw last year and couldn’t get out of my mind.  Also another case in point of similar ideas occurring to many minds at the same time .  I had a similar idea but never got around to making it and then found this card on the Iguana stamp blog and loved her version.  To me the colors swirling about remind me of a stylized Aurora Borealis.   We were supposed to be able to see that phenomenon in the lower part of North America last month but I’m afraid it never quite made it far enough south for me to see it.    So instead…I’ve made my own.  LOL

Supplies:

Stamps: Endless Wishes

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black Marker, Project Life Pens, Memento Black or Black Stazon

Paper: Tempting Turquoise (11” x 4-1/4”), Elegant Eggplant 5-1/4” x 4”), Whisper White (5” x 3-3/4”)

Punches: Scalloped Oval, Large Oval

Other: Stampin’ Sponges, basic jewel rhinestones, Post-It’s, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue stick. 1/8” gold or silver ribbon.

One of the very cool things I discovered…punches can cover a number of boo boo’s if your hand with the ink pen is a tiny tad unsteady.  You can also add a bit of extra sparkle quite easily with Dazzling Diamonds and a two-way glue pen if glitter is a must.

Here’s the project PDF if you’d like to recreate it:

Endless Wishes Aurora Card

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Last and perhaps the sparkliest yet (hm…is sparkliest a word?) is my Jingle, Noel, Joy Tree card also known as the Little Letters Form a Tree Card.   Originally I set myself the challenge of creating a fun Christmas card using only items from the Annual Catalog but as you can see…my hand strayed from grabbing the Moonlight Designer Series Stack and instead found the Trim the Tree paper stack.   Everything else you see though can be found in the Annual Catalog (eta: well oops…the frosted snowflake sequins is a holiday catalog item too).   My favorite component being the Little Letter Thinlit dies.  Amazing the words you can spell with die cuts isn’t it?   A tad tricky to get the alignment just right unless you have the magnetic platform to use with your Big Shot…but it can be done!

Little Letters Form a Tree Card

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Supplies:

Stamps: none (unless you want to add some to the inside).

Ink: none

Paper: Garden Green Cardstock.   Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack, Red Glimmer Paper.

Other: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Big Shot, Little Letters Thinlit dies, Star Framelit Collection, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Frosted Sequins (holiday catalog), dimensionals and glue dots.

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The design started when I flipped through the paper stack and wondered what I would do with that almost neon looking lined paper.  Then the light went on as I thought the lines reminded me of learning to write on that big lined paper block my Mom had lots of when I was growing up.    Then my eye lit on the Little Letter dies and a design was born.  Lots of words that describe the Christmas season and experience but I wanted a stacked tree looking set like that of a die from another company that I came across awhile ago so after brainstorming words I settled on Jingle, Noel and Joy.   Happy occurrence since those are three of my favorite Christmas season words and the letters work into just the right lengths to form the tree.  Add a star from my favorite new set of framelits (the Star Collection) and Bob’s your Uncle (or in my case my Brother in Law!).  Of course the little Frosted Sequin snowflakes from the Holiday Catalog came in handy too.  Oops…that’s a second thing I used from the Holiday Catalog.  So cute though…can you blame me?

One design note when working with the Little Letter thinlits.  I think they really pop when you separate the layers with dimensionals so the letters have some visual depth to them.  Then it’s up to you if you want contrast like the glimmer or metallic papers we have or a basic contrasting cardstock paper background behind the die cuts.   Boy do I wish you could see the shimmer and shine of the glimmer paper on the actual card.   While cutting the words is a tad time consuming I think a few people on my card list will definitely be getting this design!

For a few more fun ideas with the Little Letters die take a look at this video from the Stampin’ Up office in the UK (United Kingdom).

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That’s it for my post for this October Watercooler Hop.   Hop along now to see the fabulous and talented Deb Smart and the rest of the holiday hop entries and look for our Wacky Watercooler crew every month as we create more new hops for your viewing and crafting pleasure.   Click the appropriate watercooler buttons to find your way.   And if you would like to view past hops…check out our hop home page and scroll to see links to other hops and hoppers.   Always a creative treat!

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WCC11 – Watercooler CASE of Pinterest Challenge

Happy Sunday my friends.

Time for another Watercooler Challenge (WCC11).   This time around we are supposed to CASE a Pinterest creation.

Did I hear someone ask what a CASE is?   Simple answer…Copy And Share Everything.   Otherwise known in crafting circles as permission to steal someone else’s fun design, add your own tweaks and share the process all over again.   In polite circles we say share…in less exalted places we are a tiny tad more honest and use the term steal.  LOL.

I hope you’ll decide to play along with this latest challenge and add your own creation to the Challenge linky found here.   You’ll also be able to see all of this weeks wonderful team creations at that link.

Here’s mine:

I found my inspiration here.

Inchie zig zag quilt card

Nancy Keller’s Quilt Card Sample

Using Nancy Keller’s lovely Christmas card as a starting point I dived into the new Trim the Tree paper stack from the 2014 Holiday Catalog to create my quilt squares with a 1″ punch.  Nancy’s basic directions for forming the pattern worked perfectly!

I had a fun time with this challenge.   As many of you know I have a real thing for inchies so a design that facilitates that obsession will quickly float to the top of my TO CASE list.

Watercooler Challenge WCC11 - Inchie Quilt close up

Supplies:

Stamps:  Good Greetings (Special Promotion Hostess Set can be seen here)

Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green Cardstocks.  Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack  (2014 Holiday Catalog)

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler

Other: Big Shot,  Bitty Banner Framelits,  Delicate Designs & Polka Dots Embossing Folders, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Paper Snips, Glue dots & Dimensionals.

Nancy’s tips for perfect Inchie placement everytime:

1) Inchies are best when punched or cut from paper with small patterns.
2) When assembling the card, start by placing the inchie at the top center onto your card first! Then place the other inchies around it, to complete the pattern.
Some additional notes from my own version:
 I embossed the top quilt portion of the card with the polka dot folder then leaving a space I embossed the lower portion with the Delicate Designs folder.  A strip of the Trim the Tree paper united the two sections nicely.   I discovered that pretty much all of the Good Greetings sayings will fit in the larger Bitty Banner framelit so I had a lot of scope for expression.  I then tacked the die cut sentiment to a strip of Garden Green cardstock and using my Paper Snips trimmed out a slightly larger matted piece for a little contrast.  Then I floated the sentiment piece with dimensionals over top of the quilted inchies.  Add a seam binding bow for a pop of texture and color and the card was done.  Once my paper was punched it took about 10 minutes all told from start to finish to create the card.  Pop in a movie and you can punch up a stack of inchies then get a start on your Christmas card production.

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If you have a quilter in your life this may be the perfect card for you to CASE.  Whether for Christmas or a general occasion the cozy factor of a quilt inspired card can’t be beat.   Working on these types of cards always brings to mind my beloved Mother in Law Dorothy.  She was a master quilter and every year I would look for a new design to celebrate her own obsession.   I love to picture her heavenly quilt room (after all…even Heaven needs a bit of cozy right?) filled with any pattern she can think of and fingers that never fumble with age or infirmity when hand quilting.

So Mom…this one’s for you!

Inchie Quilt on an angle

I hope you are having a blessed weekend and finding time to stamp.   Check out Pinterest…consult your imagination and head to your stamping corner and don’t forget to post your own CASE on the Challenge Blog.  Oh and if you post…don’t forget to invite the original poster of your inspiration to see what you’ve created and join the challenge!

If you are looking for any of the ingredients to this fun design check out my online store, select me as your demonstrator and don’t forget to use my current hostess code for a chance to win the Good Greetings hostess set (assuming we get group orders totaling $300 to qualify).

This month’s hostess code: 95YRUXFE

Hugs, love and blessings to all of you -

Jean Fitch in pink

August Stamp Camp is coming…hope to see you there!

Looking to beat the heat and have some fun at the same time?

Create your very own Work of Art (today’s featured project) as well as three other projects at a fun stamping get together in Central Point, Oregon.

Stamp Camp is coming…August 9th at 10am.    How does that beat the heat I hear you asking…simple…the Church hall where we meet is air conditioned!   Besides…stamping fun always  takes ones mind off what the weather is doing.   And our famous and fun potlucks always add to the fun.   Margaret if you are reading this I hope you are bringing your super delish homemade pickles!

Here’s one of the projects we’ll be making.   You can see a second in this post here.  So many saw these samples in June and asked for them that I just had to add them to the lineup.   As you can see I’m still playing around with Stampin’ Up’s  latest set of In Colors.   I love them so much…and I hope you do to.

Work of Art Blackberry Bliss Flower-Jean Fitch August 2014 Stamp Camp.

Supplies:

Stamps: Work of Art, Petite Petals

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Ink: Mossy Meadow & Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink Pads, Versamark, Mossy Meadow Marker

Other: 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Petite Petal Punch, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Envelope Punch Board (corner rounder punch), Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Linen Thread, adhesives.

Keeping it pretty simple here to show once again how versatile Work of Art as a stamp set is.  Quick and simple I think this card took all of 10-15  minutes to make including warming up the heat tool for the gold embossing.  This card really sparkles in person with gold and glimmer paper.   Of course if you want to add a bit more bling you can scatter gold sequins and basic jewel rhinestones as well across the card.   Since I’m focusing this time on an easy to mail mostly one layer type card I decided to pass on too much bling and kept it simple.  Of course I’ll have the bling on hand August 9th if you want to step it up a bit more.

Hope to see you August 9th.  If you need more information or directions please email me at jlfstudio@live.com

Linda and Cheryl (my fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrator partners) will each have a project to present as well.   Cost is $15 for the 4 projects and we should be done by 2pm (includes the break for a potluck lunch on site).

Of course if you live out of the area I’d be happy to send you the step by step directions with a few tips for using this fun new set when you place an order before July 31st.

I  have an open Hostess Code for orders that will be closing July 31st.   To place an order go to the Stampin’ Up Online Store (calls and emails to me directly with the needed order information will also work) and select me as your demonstrator.

Insert the hostess code:   2FGT2VV4  

And then add the rest of your order.

Of course if your order is more than the $150 for hostess benefits you are welcome to ignore the hostess code so you can scoop the hostess rewards.   If your order is less than the benefit level I’ll put you in the drawing for all or a portion of the hostess rewards ordered if the total orders combined reach that level.   If there are less than 3 orders I generally split the benefits and order fun things like ribbon, candy dots and so on that can be easily shared.  If there are more than 3 then I do a drawing for the lot and notify the winner.  Of course to participate you have to order right?    Please consider doing so as it will help me remain a demonstrator and able to serve your creative needs.    Summer has found my order levels dropping this quarter and SU is reminding me that to stay a demonstrator I have to up my game before August 1.

Hugs and love and hoping to see you in Central Point….

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

WCC05 – Watercooler Color Challenge – New and Old Meet in the Middle

Happy Sunday my friends.

Time for another Watercooler Challenge (WCC05).   This time around our illustrious leader Terri A. has given us the following color set to work with.

WCC05 July 27th color challenge

I hope you’ll decide to play along and add your own creation to the Challenge linky found here.   You’ll also be able to see all of this weeks wonderful team creations at that link.

 

Here’s mine:

WCC05 Color Challenge   - created by  Jean Fitch using Work of Art and other Stampin' Up Supplies

Supplies:

Stamps:  Work of Art, Happy Watercolor (retired from Occasions 2014 catalog)

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla Cardstocks.   Epic Day Designer Series Paper (retired)

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight

Other: Big Shot,  Hearts Collection Framelits,  Adorning Accents Edgelit (retired) ,  Adorning Accents Embossing Folder (retired), Large Heart Punch (retired), Small Heart Punch (retired), Basics Jewels Rhinestones, 3/8″ Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon (retired).

 

I had a fun time with this challenge.   Especially because, as luck would have it, I had many scraps and project pieces littering my work space in exactly these colors.   That’s my excuse for using several retired items too!   Gotta clean up the work space right?  No matter the dates of the materials?  LOL

At some point in the last year or so I had created the Rich Razzleberry card base.   I was experimenting with edgelits and embossing folders that were new to me at the time but never got around to creating a fully finished card.   This was pre the Big Shot Magnetic platform and I probably thought that trying to create this with customers would be a bit of a challenge to get it all lined up and cut straight.   The two hearts were scraps from one of last years favorite DSP’s – Epic Day.   The perfect Daffodil Delight accent and I used last years large heart punch to create a layering piece in Rich Razzleberry.    Since the card base already had the little embossed hearts it seemed the perfect lead in to a heart theme which of course led me to use Thank You as a sentiment and create my own heart themed background.   And wouldn’t you know…last Spring’s Occasions set Happy Watercolor has the perfect sized Thank You and was sitting out just waiting to be added to that visible section of the inside of the card (I think my young nephew would call this a peekaboo card since some of the inside peeks through).     Don’t you love happenstance when you are creating on a deadline?   The eye settles here and there and it all just happens to go together!  SWEET!

Of course my latest favorite stamp set Work of Art was also already on the desk.  That set is sure turning out to be a work horse for me given it’s terrific versatility.  I wasn’t sure the two stamps that make up the Thank You would fit on the die cut heart I had already cut, but as luck (and happenstance) would have it, it did.   The bow even tied correctly the second time around (now that’s a first for me).  Somehow I have a feeling my much loved husband Steve was looking over my shoulder from Heaven and egging me on.  Placing everything I needed ready to hand.   Wouldn’t be the first time and Friday (when I was working on this) would have been our 33rd wedding anniversary.  So…yep…I’ll take all the angelic help I can get…especially when half my current supplies are still packed from my last event!

On another subject….I came across the following on Pinterest the other day.  Looks like a good set of points  to ponder for a weekend.    Of course doing would be even better right?    LOL

Life thoughtsI hope you are having a blessed weekend too and finding time to stamp.   Grab your colors and your scraps and join in.

Hugs, love and blessings to all of you -

Jean Fitch in pink

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