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

Christmas in July…Christmas Challenge Card – SCCC #32

Yep…it may be July…but it’s also time for Christmas!   As all crafters know,  July is the time to get a jump on the upcoming holidays.   Of course maybe we are all just trying to beat the heat by convincing ourselves that paper snow and thinking cool thoughts will cool us off just as well as the real thing.

Then again…my friend Darrah Hopper in Northern California assures me that where she lives in the mountains they have on occasion seen snow in July, just after the Fourth, so she doesn’t always have to rely on papercrafting head games to cool off.   She’s also the one who introduced me to the concept of a snow rake (and yes I thought she was kidding until she sent me a picture of her raking snow off her house’s roof).   One of these days I’ll have to create a punch art card with snow being raked in her honor.

In the mean time my friend Marsha’s induction into the Design Team for this Challenge group (congratulations Miss Marsha!) has inspired me to jump in and start participating and getting ahead of the holiday rush.

Mosaic Madness Ornament Tree - CASE by Jean Fitch for the SCCC #32 Christmas Challenge

Supplies:

Stamps: Mosaic Madness

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock. Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches: Hexagon, Mosaic, Itty Bitty Accent pack (star)

Other: Big Shot, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Gold Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

Technically the challenge was for a tag but I’m afraid I forgot that in the excitement of getting started on my Christmas projects.   Luckily there is always the alternate of any kind of Christmas card just to get ourselves started!   And of course this use of the punch to create a tree can be downsized a bit to create the perfect tag for that special gift bag!

Given our very hot July weather (104º so far is the max) and the general madness it’s creating in a stamper no longer used to heat, the use of Mosaic Madness seemed a natural to start this Challenge.   Since this set was introduced a year ago I’ve been seeing a variety of Christmas uses including a punched tree so decided to give it a go with a CASE in our newest In Colors.    Another great benefit to this stamp set?   There is a coordinating punch and embossing folder that continues the very Moorish looking Mosaic design.   Gotta love that famous Stampin’ Up coordination!

Details and Tips:

I found the card quick and easy once the design and its components were decided on. The trickiest part was deciding which stamp images to use (there are so many cool ones in the set) and how many to use to create the pattern.   Loving the ornament looking patterns, I went with the small and large versions.  Then of course how many colors to mix…what pattern to lay them out in…and what pieces to pop up on dimensionals.   After a few false starts I ended up with what you see. Along the way I discovered a few cool tips.

Tip 1: Mossy Meadow stamped off once looks an awful lot like Old Olive…so if you want to save yourself some trouble and want all your stamp offs to have the same amount of ink…why not save yourself some trouble and grab the Old Olive if you want a tree all in shades of green.

Tip 2: Always Artichoke makes a nice third to the triad. Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Always Artichoke give you some nice shade differences to work with all together.   Of course you’ll have to take my word for this since I didn’t end up combining all three in this particular card.

Tip 3: The Hexagon punch trimmed in half makes a great pot or tree base.   I’ll have to remember this when I try my hand at a topiary design closer to Christmas.

Now that I’ve got the pattern down an assembly of dozens of cards will be easy.
Stamp 6 images in Mossy Meadow, 5 in Blackberry Bliss then start punching.   Simplest way was to use 1-1/2” (narrower if you are good at placement) strips of Very Vanilla…stamp a strip…then punch.   Run a 4” x 5-1/5” sheet of Mossy Meadow through the Mosaic Embossing Folder and adhere to the Naturals Ivory card base ( 4-1/4” x 11”).   Arrange your punch pieces as you can see in the picture placing the Blackberry Bliss pieces up on dimensionals.   Work row by row building as you go.   Punch a few stars, add some Baker’s Twine and you’re done.   Of course you’ll want a Christmas greeting for the inside and Mosaic Madness has a few lovely border type stamps that will also add to the interior design not to mention your envelope.

One other note about this very cool stamp set.  You can create your own background papers for use in One Sheet Wonder designs by stamping combinations of images and colors.   Go random or get your stamp a ma jig out and do fussy aligned rows.  What ever strikes your fancy.

Hopefully this will inspire you to join in the Christmas Challenge.  You can see the weekly challenge here or follow along on the link I gave to Marsha’s blog.   A new challenge goes up every Sunday.   A card a week all year long and you’ll have 52 ready to go for Christmas.   A card a day and you’ll have 365!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Jean Fitch in pink

A CASE of flags

CASE = Copy and Share Everything  (as Pinterest can attest…we stampers excel in this art form).

Still on a flag kick here.

Independence day was a blast.   A day (and night) spent with people friends… furry friends (love playing with 6 week old kittens and their mom…hm…do the family dogs count as siblings too?)… food (yummy homemade ice cream among other goodies)… fireworks from several cities watched from the deck… and after all that it was time to stamp!   An all night stamping gig with a sister demo and SU partner that was a fun time playing with new toys from the new catalog.   With all that excitement I had to end the weekend with a quiet CASE of a flag.    One that has special meaning.

 

Work of Art Flag - A siblings sacrifice - See blog post for details of the CASE and link to video tutorial

A very dear friend of mine has been sharing over the years her stories about her brother Larry.  A brother who served and was killed in Vietnam.    They had a special bond that could not be broken.    When I saw the original of this card (with a few variations) here  Marsha and her brother Larry came immediately to mind.    I remembered the gold star flags displayed by family members of a fallen service person and decided to add my own variation or rather nod to that tradition.   Using Kim’s basic design with a few alterations in color I add the Champagne (Gold) star to represent Larry and the traditional white star for Marsha.   The sentiment to me applies to them both.   One who showed courage and strength in his life and service and one who has shown courage and strength living with this great loss.     Some days we need a reminder that yes indeed we do have that courage and strength.   So that’s the point of the card.

Here are the basic details.   If you get a chance…enjoy the video and create your own CASE of a flag.

Supplies:

Stamps: Work of Art, Something to Say (both in the new annual catalog)

Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red classic inks

Paper: Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White Cardstocks.  Champagne Glimmer Paper.

Other: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit die (star), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon,

 

Hoping your Independence weekend was filled with fun,  memories, hope and blessings of strength and courage in the measure required.

Jean Fitch in pink

Celebrating Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

 

Just a quick post to share a couple of fun cards that celebrate the day and add a bit of thanks to all who have gone before.   Those who created, sustained and have protected our freedoms and way of life.

Thank You!

 

What’s a celebration without a few candles right?  Or perhaps they are fireworks just before the big bang.  I’ll leave that to your imagination. :D

 

June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Candle Card - Jean Fitch and a Fourth of July Celebration!

Using the contents of the June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit (thanks Linda for sharing!) and a few other bits and pieces from the stash this fun and festive card came together quickly.

Supplies:

Stamps: Paper Pumpkin June 2014 stamps (stars and celebrate)

Ink: Silver Encore, Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy Cardstock and the papers from the June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Other: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Bird Builder Punch (wing creates the candle flame), glue dots, sticky strip and other adhesive.

The candles were easy to create.  Cut the tube (used with the pinwheels in the kit) into thirds.  Place a small bit of the Baker’s Twine in the tube with a glue dot and mash the tube flat.  A bit of sticky strip holds them nicely in place.   One other note…if you want your silver Encore ink to dry in a hurry without smearing then use a heat tool to heat set it.

 

And of course…Independence Day also means flags to celebrate the symbol of our nation.

Work of Art Chevron Flag - Jean Fitch - Celebrating Independence Day.

Another one of the many flags being created with the new Work of Art Stamp set.  So many variations have been crossing my screen on Pinterest that I just had to try one or two.  Here’s today’s example.    A perfect thank you for a veteran or soldier or perhaps even your local Congressman.

Supplies:

Stamps: Work of Art

Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy

Paper: Real Red, Whisper White & Naturals White Cardstock

Other:  Big Shot, Card Thinlit Die (star die cuts), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, adhesives.

Heading out shortly for a  picnic, fireworks and a night of stamping with a friend.  Hope your Fourth is filled with fun, family, friends and thoughts of where we’ve been and where we’re going as a nation.

Hugs and Blessings to you all -

Jean Fitch in pink

Old Glory and the WCC03 – Sketch

This weeks Watercooler Challenge with its sketch came just in time to help me celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July.

Watercooler Challenge :  WCC03

Here’s the sketch we are working with.  To see the teams excellent samples and other online contributions you can click here or on the sketch.

And here’s my interpretation:

A Folk Art impressionistic version of Old Glory I guess you could say.   With Fourth of July this Friday  it seemed appropriate.

 

WCC03 Challenge - Old Glory - June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit & Work of Art stamp set.  Designed by Jean Fitch

In the sketch the bow element was over a skosh but with such a large bow that was a tiny tad tricky so I went for the element rather than the exact placement.  Are you wondering where that Gold (Old Glory has to have gold right?) Twine came from…is it still Stampin’ Up product?   You betcha.   It’s the remaining thread from the Gold Sequin Trim once I slid a large number of sequins off to use individually.   This folk design, impressionistic flag just called out for a bit of gold to replicate the fringe you see on very fancy silk flags.

Then of course I couldn’t help retweaking  just a bit so I added a greeting.  Not sure if that’s allowed with the challenge or if that greeting constitutes another element.  Still new to the challenge scene.  And still learning the rules.

Here’s the tweaked version:

WCC03 Challenge - Old Glory Revised - June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit & Work of Art stamp set.  Designed by Jean Fitch

I’m curious what you all think…did the second violate the sketch or not?  Which do you prefer.

Here’s the supply list:

Stamps:  Work of Art

Paper: Real Red,  Whisper White Cardstock, Paper Pumpkin June 2014 kit papers.

Ink: Night of Navy

Other: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit die (star element), Basic Jewel Rhinestones, glue dots, dimensionals.  Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips.  Postage Punch for the tweaked version.  Gold Twine from the Sequin Trim.

My thanks to the Watercooler Challenge team for yet another fun and interesting challenge.   And a reminder that there is another Wacky Watercooler blog hop coming soon.  Save the date: July 17-19

I don’t know about you but summer temps (104º and 80% humidity) are doing a number on my creativity so a blog hop with fun and inspiring projects may be just the thing.   Here’s hoping the fireworks on the 4th break the heat wave!

Hugs and Blessings going out to you all…until next time.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

WCC02 – CASE THE NEW CATALOG – Watercooler Challenge

 

CASE: Copy and Share Everything.

I’m totally loving the new Watercooler Challenge Blog.   It’s a new kid on the block as card challenges go but promises to be fun and since many of my Watercooler friends are on the design team it seemed a friendly and fun place to get my feet wet in the Challenge arena.

Have you ever been stuck for a place to start a new card.  Wondering what design features, what stamps, colors and so on would work together….check out the world of Card Challenges and especially the Stampin’ Up catalog!    While Stampin’ Up no longer officially calls it’s catalog an Idea Book it still works that way for me.  Many talented concept artists create the samples shown in the Annual Catalog and I find that a truly inspirational place to start.

For my first jump into the  world of card challenges…here’s my CASE of the Circle Card Thinlit die sample on page 138.  What I call a Circle Flip Card.    To see the samples the Watercooler Team came up with as well as other entries to the challenge visit this post.

CASE the Catalog - CASE of Stampin' Up's 2014 Annual Catalog page 138 - Jean Fitch - Circle Card Thinlit die, Trust God, Petite Petal and the Arrow embossing folder and Moonlight DSP.   More pictures and details in post.

WCC02 CASE the Catalog Watercooler Challenge

Supplies:

Stamps:  Trust God, Petite Petals

Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock.  Moonlight DSP stack

Punches:  1-3/4″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle,  Bitty Butterfly, Petite Petals

Other: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit Die,  Arrow embossing folder, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, dimensionals and glue dots

All products Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.

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The very cool thing about this die are the options you have.   The basic card die creates a simple flip.  I decided to add an extended fold to it (hidden until you open the card) to allow a bit more scope for my written message once I add that and send it off to the friend who encouraged me to jump into the challenge (hi Miss Marsha!).   Then there are the many additional dies that come in the set ( 10 in all including the basic card die) that make layering fun.  For a quick tutorial on how to add that extended flap I have the video pinned here.

The first change to the CASE I made after the added flap was the color choice.  I decided to showcase this years new In Colors instead of last years.   So Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon teamed up for the first time in my stamp studio.    I had a wee bit of trouble getting the Arrow embossing folder just right (next time I’ll now to change the sandwich to a tighter fit) so I altered and added the strips of designer series paper (the new Moonlight DSP paper stack reflected the arrow theme perfectly!) as needed.    I also decided that the die cut chevrons would look better reflecting the arrow pattern of the paper so I fit them  into the tracks created by the embossing folder.    I don’t know about you but I’m loving this folder that carried over from the earlier Occasions catalog.   It fits the Prairie School or Arts & Crafts design styles from earlier decades to a T – Prairie School is one of my favorite styles that architects like Frank Lloyd Wright made popular.

Here are a few views of the card from different angles that also show a few of the extra die pieces from the card set that I used:

CASE the Catalog - CASE of Stampin' Up's 2014 Annual Catalog page 138 - Jean Fitch - Circle Card Thinlit die, Trust God, Petite Petal and the Arrow embossing folder and Moonlight DSP.   More pictures and details in post.

Three tips:

Tip 1: As you can see from this back view of the front flip circle I die cut another scallop circle using the die that comes with the card set.   You may not know this…but the scallop die in this card set is identical in shape and size to our 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.   Since I don’t yet have this punch I’ve been able to use the die in it’s place for many, many projects!  Score!  That’s $16.95 I was able to put towards a new stamp set!

Tip 2:   When you don’t have a circular stamp to use to step up a punched image…grab your Stampin’ Up Project Life journaling pen or a coordinating Stampin’ Write Marker.    I used the heart die in the set to create a window and then realized the threads peeking through weren’t exactly the look I was going for so I die cut another heart in Mossy Meadow and inserted into the Lost Lagoon scallop piece.    Looked a little plain and I wanted to echo the circle motif I had going on so I grabbed my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and added my sentiment.   It’s those personal details that really share the love don’t you think?

Tip 3: When you create with these flip cards keep in mind how you will deliver it to your intended recipient.   If you add rhinestones or other hard accessories to the back of the circle it will leave marks on the layer underneath when you fold the card and mail it.  If you are hand delivering it’s probably not as much of an issue but a trip through the post office has the potential to leave all kinds of indents from things like jewels and buttons and so on.  Something to think about as you design.  Flatter is better on the under layers.

Here’s the back view of my full card.  I left that extra back flap unembossed for easy writing before I pop it in the mail.   And speaking of mailing…this is one of those cards that will likely take a bit of extra postage what with the flap, layers  and rhinestones that I’ve added.  If however you keep the card simple and less dimensional the flip cards will mail just like any other standard one layer card.

CASE the Catalog - CASE of Stampin' Up's 2014 Annual Catalog page 138 - Jean Fitch - Circle Card Thinlit die, Trust God, Petite Petal and the Arrow embossing folder and Moonlight DSP.   More pictures and details in post.

 

CASE the Catalog - CASE of Stampin' Up's 2014 Annual Catalog page 138 - Jean Fitch - Circle Card Thinlit die, Trust God, Petite Petal and the Arrow embossing folder and Moonlight DSP.   More pictures and details in post.

Here are the two main ingredients you need to CASE this card:

arrow embossing folder

Stampin’ Up’s Arrow textured embossing folder. Item# 132187

To see more fun examples of what you can do with this cool die set check out my Pinterest Board for flip cards here.

Circle Card Thinlit die store image

Circle Card Thinlit Die (10 pieces) – Item# 133480

 

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll check out the Watercooler Challenge Blog.   And don’t let the Canadian spelling you may find there throw you for a loop.  Really…we do speak the same language.  LOL

Hugs and blessings…

Jean Fitch in pink

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