Thoughtful Branches – Winter White (with a pop of red :D )

Thoughtful Branches – Winter White

Here’s another entry in my Thoughtful Branches set of samples I mentioned in yesterdays post.

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Sahara Sand, Watermelon Wonder Classic Inks and Versamark

Paper: Whisper White both Thick and Thin Cardstocks.

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlit dies, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot Die Brush (love, love, love this tool!),  Heat Tool, Whisper White Embossing Powder,  Dimensionals, SNAIL

For my readers that are fellow demonstrators you’ll probably recognize this design as one originating with the Stampin’ Up office artists and the set of class projects they provided.   What you might not recognize is the set of directions I created.  {grin}   Mine are much more specific and not intermingled with the other two projects in the set based on what I found worked for a group setting.   Feel free to download and use from the link below.😀

Thoughtful Branches Winter White Directions – Jean Fitch

For my non demo readers enjoy and let me know if you have questions or need clarifications.   Ideas as well as directions can always be improved right? 😀

As a side note….I tried heat embossing the sentiment in copper.   The class I shared with project with agreed…the Sahara Sand was better by far.  Softer and more in keeping with the overall white feel.  The copper was just way to harsh.  A well…not every experiment works. Sigh.

Oh…and FYI.  Another experiment.  I tried Real Red for the birds but agreed with SU after the experiment that Watermelon Wonder was a much better choice.   Of course it still being summer you might try blue or pastel shades of birds as well.    For some reason I have this card fixed in my head as a winter scene so I loved the red of the watermelon shade.   I rather think that at least a few family and friends will be receiving Christmas versions (i.e. a change in sentiment) of this same design.   Thanks Stampin’ Up for sharing the creativity!

 

Tip to save your Precision Base Plate and still get a good cut:

Alter the layering of your cutting sandwich when using the Precision Base Plate.  You’ll save a great deal of wear and tear on your PBP and still get the same great cutting action.   When paired with the new Basic Platform that comes in two pieces it works especially well since the new platform has a stiffer and more solid center section.  This method works with all three platforms.  For best results I would run the sandwich through and then back at least once and then use the die brush.  Easy Peasy and no tears!

Here’s the details on the sandwich:

Place the tree die between the two stamped birds and cut it out using the Precision Base
Plate on top (in place of the usual clear cutting pad) and a clear cutting pad below on the
new Big Shot Platform.  Sandwich looks like this from the top and moving down:

Precision Base Plate (with the cutting surface facing down)
Thinlit Die (remember…we don’t use the Precision Base Plate with Framelits)
Paper
Clear Acrylic Cutting Plate
Platform (either the older Multipurpose Platform fully closed, the new basic platform with
both pieces together or the Magnetic Platform)
Big Shot Deck

 

That’s it for this sample design.

With the promotion period winding down I’m working like mad to see just how many different designs I can complete before August 31.   Of course….since this is a keeper set for me I daresay you’ll keep seeing it being used in the future as well.  Check back another day for more ideas.

Hugs and happy creating!

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Here’s a closer look of all that’s included in the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.

Don’t forget…last day to purchase this wonderful set is August 31.

Thoughtful Branches Image

 

To see the purchase details and a larger view of the images click the link below.

Thoughtful Branches Flyer – purchase details

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC82 – Trees and More Trees

WWC82 – Libby’s Tree Theme Challenge

WWC82 - Libby's Tree Theme Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Miss Libby has given us a very fun (and reasonably easy :D) challenge.  One that is perfect for yours truly who lives surrounded by trees and more trees in a mountain valley in the Pacific Northwest.   Looking out my window I see the 40+ pine and fir trees on my own one acre (not to mention a couple of colorful ash trees) and lifting my eyes a bit higher the mountains and hills surrounding my valley are covered with more trees of all types (mostly of the evergreen variety).    The perfect view in my humble opinion!    So thanks Miss Libby for adding trees to my stamping desk this week.  I love it!

Of course with August being the promotional month for the new, limited edition, “Thoughtful Branches” stamp and die set my choice for what to work with was an easy one.   Heck…I only needed the stamps since I decided to keep it very simple.   If you haven’t gotten your hands on this bundle run don’t walk to your nearest demo…or the online store.  Trust me when I say…this bundle is a keeper.    I’ve been enjoying creating design after design (as well as CASEing the many wonderful designs out there on the ‘net) with this set to share with local stampers who come to my Stamp Camp days.   I’ll be sharing many of those in the next few days as August winds down.   So many possibilities so little time!   If you want to see more Pinterest ideas for this set check out my board here.  You’ll find the card there by Cindy Schuster that gave me the idea for my CASE too.  I changed up a few details and colors and made it my own.

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Trees and More Trees

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC82 - Tree Theme Challenge - Thoughtful Branches - Jean Fitch(as always click the picture to see a larger image)

Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate

Paper: Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White Cardstocks

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle or use one of the circles from the Layered Circle die collection

Tools & Adhesives:  5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

Here’s a closer look of all that’s included in the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  Don’t forget…last day to purchase this wonderful set is August 31.

Thoughtful Branches Image

To see the purchase details and a larger view of the images click the link below.

Thoughtful Branches Flyer – purchase details

 

Tip: Leave spaces between the trees as you work your way down from the top to the bottom of the focal layer.  And…vary the heights of your trees as you stamp the rows for a somewhat more natural look. 

Given the colors I used this design isn’t intended to look all that natural.   After all…what tree trunk is really Mint Macaron right?   The beauty of this set is that the trunk and the leaves/needles are separate images so if you want you can go with a more natural trunk/branch color and then play with the leaves/needles.  If you aren’t too perfectionist this is a very quick card.

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip Top Taupe cardbase is the usual 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ folded and creased in the middle.  The Whisper White focal layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.   I stamped the top layer first in Smoky Slate then filled in the between spaces with a slightly lower row of Mint Macaron trees.  Finally I stamped a selection of Garden Green trees to fill in spaces as needed.

The sentiment is also from Thoughtful Branches (love the sentiments in that set as well as the font SU selected) and was stamped in Garden Green on a Mint Macaron scrap of cardstock.  I punched it out with a 2-1/2″ circle punch (ret.) though I could also have used a circle die of the same or similar size from the Layered Circle die set.  If you want to step it up a bit you could also then die cut a scalloped circle from that same die set in Tip Top Taupe or Smokey Slate to mat behind the sentiment.  I chose to leave it plain so as to leave more of the trees visible.  Add a looped piece of burlap ribbon with glue dots and then set the sentiment up on dimensionals and you’re done!   Easy Peasy and a quick 5 minutes to make the card.

Tip: To create a matched set of cards you can vary the the color of the card base between the three colors of the inked trees.  You could also heat emboss the trees in each of our three metallic embossing powders (gold, silver & copper).

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Libby’s tree theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own tree creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll also join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC82 – Trees and More Trees

WWC82 – Libby’s Tree Theme Challenge

WWC82 - Libby's Tree Theme Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

 

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Trees and More Trees

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC82 - Tree Theme Challenge - Thoughtful Branches - Jean Fitch

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate

Paper: Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White Cardstocks

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle or use one of the Layered Circle Framelits

Tools & Adhesives:  5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

 

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Heidi’s CAS with water theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC80 – Rubber Ducky Wants Back In!

WWC80 – Heidi’s CAS with a Water Theme Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Once again our queen of the Clean and Simple (CAS), Miss Heidi, has created an innovative theme for us to work with.   Clean and Simple with a Water theme!    Don’t ask me why but immediately the idea of water, water everywhere and not a drop to…. came into my head.     In this case a drop to swim in…or leastways puddles that will dry up quickly once bath time is over.

In case you are wondering as you look at the picture, there is a tub implied in the background but since this is a CAS card it’s obviously a white one and so not all that visible.   Thus implied.   LOL

Our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge rules for CAS are pretty strict.  No die cuts or punch pieces and only one additional layer with lots of white (or whatever your main background color is) showing.   To see all the rules check the Challenge Blog post that explains how we swing with CAS.

Of course following those rules…well….lets just say that’s a trifle tricky for me.   Especially when water as a theme is involved.  Yes, I could grab that pretty Serene Scenes paper that has water and create a lovely and simple card…except…you guessed it…no DSP allowed.   Sigh.   So my first thought was a Jar of Love card filled with water pouring on a nameless somebodies head (I’ll let you figure out who the head belongs to).   Then I went very dark and possibly dystopian (thank you Book Bub for introducing me to free Kindle books set in dystopian worlds) and pictured a poor rubber duck after the bath was over moving from drying puddle to drying puddle.   I tried to happy it up by having him singing/whistling (whatever ducks do that produces music) while the water is there but of course we all know that puddles eventually dry up, so then…I imagine the tears or screams or cries for help will begin (are you seeing the dystopian element yet?).   Really what this card is, is the beginning of a challenging adventure for rubber ducky to get back in the tub before all the water in his ducky world is gone.   Obviously some insane toddler who thinks he rules his world threw him from the tub when said toddler was told to bend to the will of his mom (or dad) and get out of the tub.   After all…why should ducky swim when he can’t (notice I’m assuming the terrible toddler ruler of all he surveys is a he).    I should probably make a series of cards with the duck showing more and more distress or building a ladder up to the tub rim or something but sigh…it’s just too sad a situation to contemplate.  Not to mention a dark government with rules and competitions to push him along, etc.  Probably  why I’ve avoided watching the Hunger Games movies or reading the books as well as all those freebies that Book Bub tempts me with.   So…instead…to keep your day happy…just picture this sweet duck happily enjoying the puddles and let it all end there.  Okay?  Trust me.  You’ll be much happier if you see it all with rainbows and rose colored glasses.   Happy Duck…got it?

P.S.  For the happiest duck…decide that he’s already in the tub and that the drying puddle smears I zigzaged are in fact ripples in the tub water and that I was just too lazy to sketch in the tub with a Project Life pen.  Yep…lets go with that and skip all that dystopian stuff you really don’t want to have to Google to see if I used the term correctly.

 

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Riding the Bath Time Puddles

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC80 - Rubber Ducky in a Pudddle - Jean Fitch - Something for Baby Stamp Set(as always click the picture to see a larger image)

Supplies:

Stamps:  Something for Baby, Jingle All the Way (ret.)

Inks: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Memento Black Tuxedo

Paper: Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Aquapainter or Blender Pen, Blue Watercooler Pencil

 

Easy peasy card to make.  Start with a Notecard from the Stampin’ Up! set of Notecards & Envelopes pack (20 cards and envies in one pack for a very reasonable amount).  Stamp the duck from Something for Baby in Daffodil Delight.  Add your Marina Mist water puddles with either a blender pen and ink from the pad (aquapainter will work with a very, very delicate touch and time to dry) or if you have my much loved and now retired SU watercolor pencils you can scribble a few lines here and there and then brush over with the Blender Pen or Aquapainter.   Stamp the musical notes from the retired set Jingle all the Way or ink in the notes with a Project Life pen or other black marker.

Tip: For bold flat images (like the duck) you may want to condition the rubber just a bit so that you get a fully inked image with no tears or hair tearing.  Conditioning can be done in several ways.  Clean the stamp surface with our Stampin’ Mist.  Rub surface gently with an eraser (or rub several times up and down on your blue jeans).  Clean again with Stampin’ Mist.   Stamp several times with ink on a scratch piece of paper or ink with Versamark and then colored ink the first time or two stamping with a new stamp.     After doing that ink the stamp by tapping lightly on the ink pad (flip over to check coverage).  Place the inked stamp on your paper and let it sit there for a count of say 5-10 and then lift directly up.  Letting the stamp sit for a a bit will allow the paper to soak up all the ink.   Inked image will continue to improve in appearance as the ink dries.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Heidi’s CAS with water theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC78 – Backyard Billygoats

WWC78 – Jean’s Anything with a “B” Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I hope I haven’t confused you with my anything with a “B” challenge.

It truly is anything that starts with a B.   The list in the challenge graphic is just a starting point.  If you need more ideas try Google with things that start with B.

I have to confess…I started by wanting to do a card with billygoats.  And since that started with a B…well…you get the picture right?

Picture being the operative word…or the lack thereof.   I currently have goats (and billygoats) courtesy of my neighbors in the pasture.  They’re terrific mowers of brush and blooms of all kinds.  Even star thistle and overhanging pine boughs!!   The perfect environmental (and non sweat creating) solution to a quarter acre pasture that has brush about 4 ft or more high!   But…these goats are camera shy.  If they even see me looking at them out the kitchen window they start moving out of view!  So what’s a stamper to do?   Why stamp the picture of course!   Luckily Stampin’ Up has a wonderful set called Barnyard Babies that has a goat.   Not the spotted goats or orangy brown goats like most of those currently in residence but a goat none the less.    Sadly the set only has one tiny little sprig of grass  for the goats to eat so I had to improvise with more brush type images from In the Meadow.  Found my backyard hills there too.    Of course my own hills are covered with pine trees up to the top since I live in the Pacific Northwest, but at least you get the idea.  And…there is gold in them thar hills to boot (oops…never use the word boot around a goat).   Those hills in fact (or at least the front ones) are actual trash piles from the processing of the gold.  After 75 years the mounds of fill and detritus have covered themselves in grass and trees and now you’d never know the mine is there on the backside.   It’s also for sale in case you are interested.  Not sure how much commercial viability there is there but there is gold…or so I’ve been told.

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Backyard Billygoats

(B is for Billygoat)

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC78 - Jean's B Theme Challenge - Backyard Billygoats ( Barnyard Babies Stamp Set) - Jean Fitch

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC78 - Jean's B Theme Challenge - Backyard Billygoats ( Barnyard Babies Stamp Set) - Jean Fitch

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC78 - Jean's Theme Challenge - Backyard Billygoats interior - Jean Fitch - Labeler Alphabet & Watercolor Thank You

Supplies:

Stamps:  Barnyard Babies, In the Meadow, Labeler Alphabet, Watercolor Thank You (ret.)

Inks: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Dapper Denim

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake Cardstock

Punches: Triple Banner, 3/4″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:  Aquapainter, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, SNAIL

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Labeler Alphabet tip:

 

Unless you have previous experience setting type backwards you may want to try this tip.  Place the letters you want to use to spell out a sentiment or element upside down but in the direction you will read on your desk.

Labeler Alphabet Tip 1

Then place the block over the backs and VOILA!  You have your stamped phrase ready to go with no tearing of hair or looking in a mirror to see how to spell backwards.

Labeler Alphabet Tip 2

 

Card Designing Tip:    I’ve been reading a number of blogs lately while I’ve been spending large amounts of time in bed and came across a wonderful tip shared by several other stampers.  If you aren’t sure of placement or other stamping design elements work with copy paper so you can preserve your wonderful cardstock.  The perfect solution for my evolving design on this card.   I took it one step further.  In stead of cutting copy pieces to the size of a card front or layer as others suggested…I folded the paper into fourths (or is that eighths since you end up with 8 sections counting both sides of the paper).  That allowed me to fold and refold to a new card front as I moved along in my design ideas.  See the photos below so you can see what I mean.

Copy Paper Designing tip 1

Copy Paper Designing Tip 2

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to my Anything with a B Theme Challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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Wacky Watercooler July 2016 Blog Hop: Our Third Anniversary Celebration!

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Welcome to our July Third Anniversary Celebration Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the third anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop series.  After three years together I can’t help feeling I should be making Anniversary cards for each of my hopping buddies.  I love my fellow artists and you dear readers as well, for sticking with us, and visiting today!

Who are the Wacky Watercooler Artists?   Most of us are Stampin’ Up demonstrators (or were when we started the hops) who hang out in a back corner of our company chat site and do precisely that…chat.  We’ve shared our ups and downs.  Funny and sad lives and stories for so long that even though most of us only know each other from online or the occasional meet up at conventions or on the phone you’d believe we’ve been neighbors for years!   It’s amazing how close we’ve gotten and how the friendships have grown.  Bless you Internet and Bless you Stampin’ Up!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we started the hops.  At the beginning I was the captain and I was honored to lead such a wonderful gang of friends and rubber stamping artists.   Behind the scenes was so much fun (and occasionally challenging) coming to consensus for designs and hop policies as we got started.   We’re all strong minded but with loving spirits so the best of the best always came out in the end.   If you’ve been following us for all that time you know that Heidi is now at the wheel of the bus and is also our able and beloved captain and there have been a few other changes in the line up over the years.   I’m jazzed that so many who were in at the start are still regular contributors and even more that Heidi was able to bring the entire gang from the first hop back together to join the celebration along with newer members of the band to share some inspiration.  If you are as nostalgic as I am you can see the very first hop here.

As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.   That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.   In fact…we’re hoping to lead you there with many of our CASE projects this time around from the original hop.  Enjoy!

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.   Gail is another dear friend I first met in the Watercooler.  She’s also one of our many (and talented) Canadian stampers.   I seem to be bracketed by my sisters from the north this hop. {grin}   I hope you found her as inspiring as I always do.  While not an original hopper Gail has jumped in with a heart and soul that keeps the Watercooler itself (and our hop) hopping with her original take on life and stamping.

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Today’s hop, as part of our celebration has us featuring older stamp sets that are still current on our stamping shelves – a mean feat for some sets to last that long don’t you think?  Two in particular.  Gorgeous Grunge and Wetlands you’ll see as you follow along through the hop.  Of course we may throw in other sets as well to keep it interesting (or ones we hope will still be around in another 3 years).  At least I did.  LOL

Here’s my first celebratory offering.   Appropriate don’t you think that it’s mixed with a set called Picture Perfect.   Beaches and wetlands so often are don’t you think?  A perfect picture?  And also gorgeously grungy?  Sorry…I couldn’t resist saying that.😀

The secret ingredient is gold.  Check the directions I’ve shared in PDF form and you’ll see touches of gold everywhere that add to the texture.

Picture Perfect Starfish

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 Picture Perfect Starfish on the Beach - Jean Fitch - Wacky Watercooler Hop 07/21/16

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Picture Perfect at the Beach - Jean Fitch - inside - Wacky Watercooler Hop 07/21/16 - Jean Fitch

A version closer to Penny’s with a wonderful and inspiring sentiment from Rose Wonder.

Picture Perfect Star Fish - Rose Wonder - Jean Fitch

And a detail of the gold embossing that gives the starfish so much life and texture.

Starfish Detail - Jean Fitch

Note:  This lovely design is a CASE of fellow artist Penny Hanuszak who shared the original version on a Watercooler Wednesday Challenge posting a few weeks ago.  Thanks Penny!  I added a sun and different sentiments to change it up just a bit.  Check the post for Penny’s directions or my own PDF below.

Do you have Gorgeous Grunge yet in your stamping arsenal?  It took me a while to add it to mine but now it’s there that speckle image is one I reach for time after time.  Here I’ve also gotten the lined image baptized with ink.  Another popular image for creating roadways and waves in their respective places.

Do you remember that saying that “today is the first day of the rest of my life”.  It was popular as a philosophy and even in song back in the day.   Probably why I fell in love with the Suite Sayings “Forever begins today” sentiment.  Possibly it’s just me but I find it applies to so many occasions.  I’ve left a sentiment off the inside of this so I can decide later on the occasion Forever will be paired with.

Supplies:

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic, Picture Perfect, Wetlands, Suite Sayings.

Ink: , Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark

Paper:  Soft Suede (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”), Island Indigo (4″ x 5-1/4″), Crumb Cake (3-1/2” x 3-1/2”) for the Starfish, Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″, 4″ x 5-1/4″)

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Stampin’ Sponges, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL

Picture Perfect Star Fish-Jean Fitch – PDF directions and dimensions

Tool Tip:  Do you remember this old trick for keeping your sponges organized?  A punch piece folded and stapled to the bit of sponge with the paper and title that reflects the ink color.   I’ve added to it with a plastic cup to keep the sponges in while working with them so I don’t get ink all over the table (or where I don’t want accidents to happen on projects in progress).

Sponges for coloring

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Next up is a fun popup Spring Fold card using our stamp and punch combo Grateful Bunch.  I also used the brand new copper embossing powder.  I wish you could see this in person.  Much more coppery!

Pop up Grateful Bunch Spring Card

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - WW Hop 072116 - Jean Fitch

View from the back

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - back - Jean Fitch

Collage that shows you the full front, side and folded flat

Grateful Bunch Spring Card Collage Image - Jean FitchAs you can see from the pictures the card folds flat for mailing.  The flat size is a 4-1/4″ square so it’s perfect for our regular envelopes.   This version made use of our new Peekaboo Peach In Color.  Another color combo that has a bit more zing a bit less vintage look uses Watermelon Wonder.   My sideline Linda made off with that version before I could take a picture so I’ll have to share that version at a later date.  Smart woman.  The stampers at the Stamp Camp where I debuted this all loved the Watermelon Version and grabbed for those papers.  Myself…I rather like the vintage look of the peach.  A bit Victorian don’t you think?

Supplies:

Stamps: Grateful Bunch, Rose Wonder

Ink: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Versamark, Peekaboo Peach

Paper: Mint Macaron (4-1/4” x 8-1/2”), Soft Saffron (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” & 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”), Peekaboo Peach (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” & 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”), Whisper White (2-1/2” x 2-1/2”). Measurements apply only to the colors you choose to use. White and Background color scraps.

Punch: Blossom Bunch

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Copper Metallic Thread, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

Here’s the directions in PDF form and if you don’t have a bone folder yet…you’ll want one now!

Pop Up Grateful Bunch Spring Card Hop Version-JeanFitch

And a link to Dawn’s video that showed me how the folds work for the basic Spring Card.  The decorative design is mine (grin):  https://youtu.be/LE5p70Rwx9s

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.  As you can see, they coordinate with products you may already have or can find in our new Annual Catalog.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Terri’s blog   Terri and I met up online originally and then in person at a Stampin’ Up! convention.  One of my fondest convention memories ever!   We’ve been friends ever since.  So many of her fun, interesting and inspiring projects have landed on my CASE lists over the years that I’m expecting that to be the “CASE” this time around too! {grin}  Can’t wait to  see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!   Terri is another one of the original hoppers.   Take it away Terri and Happy Anniversary!

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC77 – Sweet Wreath

WWC77 – Marsha’s Color Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC77 - Marsha's Color Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Trust me when I say you are going to love this color combo.  It’s gorgeous!

However…pay special attention to the actual colors.  Miss Marsha (hi friend) is very firm on what colors you can use for this challenge if you want to compete for the prize.  No substitutions and no deletions.  Now that’s a challenge!

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Sweet Wreath

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC77 - Marsha's Color Challenge - Jean's Sweet Wreath

Sweet Wreath says it all don’t you think?   I love wreaths.  One of the reasons I’m still sad that the Bird Builder punch retired in May.  On the other hand…the new Jar of Love bundle has some possibilities in this direction.  I was pressed for time on this design so I grabbed my bird punch for the main wreath boughs but I have a feeling that the long stalk die cut will also work when rounded a bit and shortened as well.   That was my thought anyway when I first saw the set in the new catalog.   AND…the baby’s breath image also works if you only ink the top portion.  Can you see it peeking out under the leaves?  Something else to play with another day.😀

Have I mentioned how much I love the ribbon bow from this bundle?  BEST EVER!!  It really looks like the silky taffeta ribbon or seam binding we used to work with in days gone by.   Very possible that this image and matching die will soon become the most used of the entire bundle in my stamp room.  Of course the jars and sweet flowers won’t be far behind. LOL

I was also wowed to see how nicely this new In Color plays with core colors and other In Colors from last year.  A perfect balance of soft/subtle and brighter more regal colors for contrast.  Brilliant color selection Miss Marsha!!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Jar of Love

Inks: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla

Paper: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Punches: Bird Builder (ret.)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot , Everyday Jar Framelits, Circle Collection Framelits (ret.), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow, SNAIL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’s Color Challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all the other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  These colors will win your heart!  And…I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I’ll be driving the challenge bus next week and I hope to see you on board!  Whoot.  Whoot!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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