Honey Bunny and a bunch of paper bunny friends.

Earth Day April 22

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Time for the planet to celebrate right?  So grab your tie dye and granny glasses or just a trash bag and head for the beach, the mountains or just your park down the road and give Mother Nature a hand in whatever way you can.   There are lots of links online to what’s happening in your own communities.   Using Google just enter Earth Day in (insert town and state) to find ways to help and ways to party.

Since bunnies are a creature of the earth I thought is was more than time to share a few more bunny box pictures and my own tip sheet.

Today is also my own honey bunnies birthday (would be his 60th if he wasn’t already in Heaven).  Do they celebrate birthdays in Heaven?  I’ve always wondered.

If you haven’t seen the other bunny boxes I’ve made and posted here is a refresher:

Jean's WCC21 - Bunny Box CASE  of Linda Parkerclick here to see the post

James Bunny Bond - Bunny Box - CASE of Linda Parker - Jean Fitch - watermarkclick here to see the post

 I just noticed that James must have been on a dangerous assignment (getting between me and the chocolate kisses possibly?) recently…one of his toe pads has gone walkabout.  Sigh…even a tuxedo is no guarantee of safety these days. :D

I do have a close up of his sign so you can see the pretty All is Calm paper.  The lettering was done with the Rotary Alphabet stamp (it’s bigger than the sign for sure).  I cut a rectangle and rounded the corners then added the “stake”.  Pretty paper on the front and reinforced on the back with a strip of Basic Black cardstock.

Bunny Bond sign - watermark

Bunny Bond back of sign - watermark(Yeah…the placement could have been a bit better. :D)

Stay tuned for a bride for the tuxedo bunny…sans sign of course. I’m still trying to decide on the dress.  Isn’t that just like a bunny bride…slow to decide instead of hopping to it?

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Here are a couple more fun bunnies.  At Easter time I made some for the neighbors and of course they said Happy Easter.  Now that Easter is past I’ve swapped out for Hello Spring!  Assuming Spring is planning on visiting for more than a day or two here and there.  No pressure Spring…I just want to say Hello.

Cabana Boy and Pink Chick bunny boxes

Cabana Boy and Pink Chick take 2

Does it look to you as if Cabana Boy stole a kiss (chocolate of course) from Pretty in Pink Chick?

The supplies and directions links from the earlier posts have the basics.  These two were done in Pretty in Pink (retired color) and Coastal Cabana (about to retire In Color).  I used the Sale-a-Bration Coastal Cabana ribbon and button and the flower centers for Cabana boy are Bermuda Bay.  Doesn’t it just seem as if those two names and colors are meant to be together?

Here’s a tip and tricks sheet with various links and more in the way of directions:

Bunny Boxes – A Linda Parker CASE with info & tips sheet

And here’s Linda Parker’s Video that gave me the idea for the CASE (copy and share everything):

That’s it for the bunnies.  Can’t wait to see what you create for yourself (I’d love a link to your creation).  I just know there are other famous bunnies waiting to come to life as a bunny box.

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As a reminder:

Retiring header with 50 percent off marking

Not only are the retiring products going fast Stampin’ Up has also added new items to the Clearance Rack.  Most from the 2014 Holiday Catalog.

Take a peek and don’t forget to use the hostess code: EAE3TYVU

To start your shopping click here.

Cool way to recycle right?   From the warehouse to your craft room and then using it all up to spread joy to others!

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 Since the Watercooler Challenge gang just had a Watercolor (and silhouette) challenge last Sunday I thought it appropriate to close with a fun watercolor Earth Day image.

Earth Day watercolors

Hope your Earth day was a happy one.

Hugs and Blessings,

Jean Fitch in pink

Revised: Stampin’ Up’s Retiring Product List is now up. On your mark, get set…SHOP NOW! (before it’s all gone)

Retiring product banner

Stampin’ Up’s Retiring Product List is now up. On your mark, get set…SHOP NOW! (before it’s all gone)

To make your shopping easier…not to mention marking your catalog I’ve converted the standard list to one by page number.  so now you can have it both ways…whichever works for you.

One other note.  Many items are going fast but at least the stamps will last a wee bit longer.  Stampin’ Up will continue making some of your favorite retiring stamps until May 26th.    The accessories (non stamp items) however are disappearing as I type!

Note:  I’ve revised the Page number sorting documents below to correct some errors that crept in in the original documents.

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – Page # sorting – PDF format – revised with error corrections

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – Page # sorting – EXCEL format (.xls) – revised with error corrections

And now…an alphabetical by category listing by request:

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – alphabetical sort – PDF format

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – alphabetical sort – EXEL format

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2015_NA_RetiredList/US_retiredList_ENG.pdf   – PDF format (Stampin’ UP original documents – uncorrected)

SU revised – US_retiredList_ENG – EXCEL format (.xls) (Stampin’ UP original documents – still some minor errors)

For easy viewing with pictures of the products,

check out my online store.

Easy to see and easy to shop.

Edited to Add: Wednesday April 22, Stampin’ Up will be adding new items to the Clearance Rack as well.  Woo Hoo!   Gotta love sale prices right?

I’ve got my order in…how about you?

Feel free to call, email or use my online store

I’ve opened a Hostess Code for orders: EAE3TYVU

If your order is $150 or more please don’t use the code as you’ll qualify for hostess dollars for your own order.

Here’s a fun video Stampin’ Up! put together to showcase some fun projects and a supply list with retired product used in their creation.

 

Happy shopping,

Watercooler Challenge – WCC22 – Adventures in Silhouette

 Adventures in Silhouette

For this challenge Heidi  has provided us with a wonderful combination challenge to play with and create projects.

Challenge: Create with watercolors and a silhouette

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

I once knew a lady who using a pair of small sharp and pointed scissors (her “snippity snips”), could cut the most amazing silhouettes of people, animals, plants and even complicated lace patterns.  Not being quite that talented with scissors (my paper snips from Stampin’ Up), I resorted to Stampin’ Up punches and dies.

Here’s my entry…no bunnies today but it is another 3D.  Have I mentioned lately that I’m hooked on 3D and punch and die related projects?   With Father’s Day on the horizon (okay…this basket would work for Mom too) I wanted something in what I considered guy colors.   I know…all our colors work for anyone (though good luck with Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride for any guy who knows the names of our colors…or just has an aversion to pink) but you have to admit some can be a challenge (hm…maybe I should have given some thought to adding to my Father’s Day challenge coming up just to make it tough on all concerned) more than others.   My late husband was a fan of tans, blues and browns (a big fan of birds and other natural wonders too) so keeping all of that in mind here’s what I came up with.

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - Front view basket - created by Jean Fitch

and a corner view so you can see the handle and a bit more of the lining.

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - Side Basket view - Jean Fitch

I’m still deciding what to put inside this fun basket.  Maybe little 3″ x3″ why I love you cards or coupons for chores or dinners out or whatever your heart desires.  Of course…Hershey’s kisses and other treats are always a great pleaser as well.   And if your imagination fails you…Dad can always use another tie wrapped up and placed inside this much more imaginative basket!

 Supplies:

Stamps:  None so far

Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon (does water count as an ink?)

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Basic Black Cardstock, Festive Designer Kraft Paper (Clearance Rack), Watercolor Paper

Punches: Bird Builder, What’s Up, Owl Builder (circle for the birdhouse door)

Other:  Big Shot, Circles Framelit Collection, Flower Frenzy die (leaf bough), Two Way glue pen, Sticky Strip, SNAIL

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Not too bad for my first Berry Basket attempt.  Of course I had a bit of help.  My friend Patti Leeke created this gorgeous basket that was my starting point along with Heidi’s wonderful (and brain teasing challenge). Patti's Bird Punch Basket  I saw that and knew I had to incorporate the bird and bird house into my design. I learned a few things along the way.  One…I love this Berry Basket die!  And I bet you will too.   Here’s another fun project by my friend Deb that will give you a few more ideas on using with a card.  Deb posted it on our last Challenge in the linky doodad.  Nice when you can do cards and other things with a die than just it’s intended use.

Other tips from my friend Patti Leeke who has done quite a few of these.  1) Always line your basket with a fun paper.  That’s Patti’s firm and fast rule.  2) Put your cardstock basket together first (except for the rim and handle) and then add the liner -matching up the holes at bottom of basket and adding glue in between the holes as well as other areas (Patti’s favorite glue for this is the Tombow multipurpose liquid glue in the green capped bottle).  Once that’s done then add the scalloped or straight rim by placing the completed rim on the table and then squeezing the basket sides and move the rim up into position.  3) If you have a slightly imperfect side…hide it with a doily!  Boy do I wish I’d remembered that rule!

My tip…don’t stress about how it all goes together.  These baskets are going to be stinking cute no matter how it goes together.   I’m looking forward to making one with copper flashing.   Then I can put it on my desk to hold various doodads.   That’s the genius of a Bigz die.  It can cut 5o materials – see the list here:

Big Shot Materials List for use with Bigz and Originals dies

Here’s a quick look at the liner – do you remember that paper from the 2014 Holiday Catalog?  It’s now on the Clearance Rack at a killer price.   Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - inside basket And a close up of the flowers I used to cover up the handle attachment:

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - heat and flower accent - Jean Fitch

Can you guess where I found the tiny heart?  It’s from a fairly new photopolymer monthly stamp set that doesn’t appear in the catalog – Lovely Amazing You.

In case you are still wondering about the basics of the Berry Basket die from the Occasions Catalog here’s a video from Stampin’ Up showing their tips:

I hope you’ll join the Watercooler challenge and show us your own watercolor and silhouette project and link up to us.  Don’t forget to check the Watercooler Challenge Blog post here to see who was the winner of the last challenge submissions by linky artists.    Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings!

Jean Fitch in pink

The Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop: April Fool’s is still waiting around the corner!

2015 April Fool

 Welcome everyone to the Wacky Watercooler April (Fool) Blog Hop where this month we’ve gotten wackier than ever with an April Fool’s blog…just a tad after the 1st.   You might guess that means we’ve been fooling and being wacky for half a month.  Hm…you might not be far wrong from that. {grin}

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.

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.

If you are moving in hop order you’ve arrived from the very talented Marie Green.   I love the title of her blog it just makes me want to settle in for some crafting in a cozy atmosphere!   If you are working in reverse order weren’t your socks knocked off by Kath’s wonderful projects?   Another dear friend I discovered through stamping and hers is another blog to investigate after the hop for sure.

Here’s my first (and somewhat wacky) project:

Hello Spring!

Uh…where are you?

Hello Spring - Created by Jean Fitch - watermark

Supplies:

Stamps: Crazy About You (Hello Spring)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Punches:  Extra Large Oval

Other: Big Shot, Word Bubble Framelits, Spring Flowers embossing folder, Northern Flurry embossing folder, Snowflake  Card thinlit die (clearance rack), Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (clearance rack)

Mother Nature is a tad confused about what season it is.  We’ve alternated between spring temps and lilacs in bloom and hard frosts and sleet!  Just a bit higher up the hill from me there has even be snow!   So that was my starting point for something that isn’t what it is supposed to be (our directions from hop master Heidi).   A Spring card…that isn’t quite that!   Notice the dual or dueling embossing folders.  One with snowflakes and one with spring flowers.  And the greeting that’s edged in black.  Not sure if I’m mourning the loss of winter or the almost missing spring.

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This one is almost as wacky in it’s own way and I have a couple of people to thank.   Linda Parker who created the idea of a bunny box and kindly shared her project how to’s in a video.  And my friend and fellow Wacky Watercooler bud Patti Leeke for suggesting the Bond theme for the Tuxedo Bunny…she also insisted on the cummerbund to match my bow tie idea.  This one’s for you Miss Patti!

James “Bunny” Bond

James Bunny Bond - Bunny Box - CASE of Linda Parker - Jean Fitch - watermarkYep…that James Bond!   Ahem…that’s why the kisses are in the box/basket…not sure which one of the silver screen Bond’s I most want to kiss…I rather think there are several!  LOL   Of course  Sean Connery will always be first in my heart!

Edited to add: I just noticed that James must have been on a dangerous assignment (getting between me and the chocolate kisses possibly?) recently…one of his toe pads has gone walkabout.  Sigh…even a tuxedo is no guarantee of safety these days. :D

Supplies:

Stamps: Rotary Alphabet Stamp

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate Cardstock, All is Calm Designer Series Paper ( bow tie and cummerbund – Clearance Rack)

Punches: Extra Large Oval (formerly Wide Oval), Large Oval, 2-1/2″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Scalloped Oval, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle, Owl Builder (small circles on feet), Bow Builder, Corner Rounder, Small heart from Itty Bitty Accents punch pak.

Other: Envelope Punch Board, Paper Snips scissors, Black Baker’s Twine.

If you’d like to make your own here’s the link to fellow demo Linda Parker’s excellent video tutorial.  She’s a demo in the United Kingdom.  As far as I can tell she’s the originator of this design.  Thank you Linda for sharing your most excellent project and generous free tutorial.

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Now for a more serious (and seriously cool) project.  Nothing wacky about this one at all, except possibly the name of the stamp set.  Try typing flowering and flourishes and spell them correctly the first time when the words are right next to each other!  I wonder if Stampin’ Up was having their own wacky day when they named this fabulous stamp set?

Flowering Flourishes Card Box and Card

Flowering Flourishes Card Box - CASE of Glenda Calkins - Jean Fitch

Flowering Flourishes - card from Card Box - Jean Fitch

Last Tuesday I followed along on a very fun Livestream class (free) from Glenda Calkins another fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  I was so enchanted with Glenda’s Book Box Card Box I had to make one of my own.   The box holds 8 (or so) cards and envelopes and once you get the steps down it’s not to hard.  I see I forgot to show an open picture of the box holder.   Sigh…something else to add to the to do list for another day.

Supplies:

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Wetlands (greetings)

Ink: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake

Punches: none

Other: Big Shot, Spring Flowers embossing folder, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Basic Jewels Pearls, Simply Score, Sticky Strip

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That’s it for my post for this April Fool’s Watercooler Hop.   Hop along now to see the fabulous and talented Kath 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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Watercooler Challenge WCC21 – Happy Easter!

Happy Easter sunrise and ribbon

And welcome to the WaterCooler Challenge WCC21

For this challenge Susan Horr has provided us with a wonderful set of colors to play with and create projects.

WCC21 - Susan's color challenge

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

Here’s my entry…can you see all five colors?  I couldn’t resist making a 3D Easter bunny project.

Jean's WCC21 - Bunny Box CASE  of Linda Parker

With the challenge going live on Easter Sunday I felt I had to create something fun and just a bit sweet (yeah I know…bad pun with all those chocolate kisses on view).  I’ll also admit I’ve gotten addicted to these bunny boxes.  I’ve made quite a few as gifts the last week or so.    I’ll share pics of those others next week.  Along with their stories and a handy cheat sheet for making the bunny boxes.

The basic box uses my favorite Envelope Punch Board tool.  The rest is all punches, glue dots and sticky strip.  Can you see the bitty touches of Calypso Coral and So Saffron?  The whiskers are Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine that is sadly now retired but the paper is still current and available to punch with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch.  Only two dots of So Saffron but Susan only gave us the colors and didn’t say how much of each we had to use.  LOL   This really is a paper and glue project with almost no ink and only a couple of stamps from the Crazy About You, a 2015 Occasions catalog stamp set.

If you’d like to make your own here’s the link to fellow demo Linda Parker’s excellent video tutorial.  She’s a demo in the United Kingdom.  As far as I can tell she’s the originator of this design.  Thank you Linda for sharing your most excellent project and generous free tutorial.

 Supplies:

Stamps: Crazy About You (Happy Easter) from the 2015 Occasions Catalog

Ink:  Bermuda Bay

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Calypso Coral Cardstocks.

Punches: Extra Large Oval (formerly Wide Oval), Large Oval, 2-1/2″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Scalloped Oval, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle, Owl Builder (small circles on feet), Cupcake Builder (smallest So Saffron circles), Itty Bitty Accent pak (heart and flower), Curvy Label

Other:  Envelope Punch Board, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine (retired), Venetian Crochet Trim, Calypso Coral Subtles Designer Buttons, Glue dots, Sticky Strip, Two-Way Glue Pen

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I’m also submitting this project for the Friday Mashup Challenge – FM203 –  here.

This is the first time I’ve entered the Friday Mashup and I’m not entirely sure if it’s okay to add additional colors (besides neutrals) or not.  If so then this is both the color challenge and the Easter Critters challenge all mashed up.  If not then I guess it’s only the Easter Critters.  I was so excited to see that their colors matched mostly with our Watercooler Challenge colors.  Great minds think alike right?   Check out the Mashup I linked above and join in that challenge as well.

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One more WCC21 Entry

Since Easter is for me, primarily a religious celebration I thought I’d make a second card to add to the WCC21 Linky.

Jean's Modern Label Cross - WCC21

Supplies:

Stamps: Crazy About You (Happy Easter) from the 2015 Occasions Catalog

Ink:  Bermuda Bay

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral Cardstocks.  Best Day Ever Designer Series Paper (2015 Sale-a-Bration retired) Calypso Coral sheet.

Punches: Modern Label, Itty Bitty Accents Pak, Cupcake Builder (small circles)

Other:  Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer, Glue dots, Snail, Basic Jewels rhinestones, ruler, pencil

Quick and simple, easy to make and mail out to friends.  I think this one will be going out to a community of nun friends in my old stomping grounds of the Santa Ynez Valley.  They have a wonderful farm and a mixed community of nuns and laity living on the property.  All committed to a simple way of life and celebrating our Lord Jesus in the context of the Divine Mercy.   I hope they will approve of the simplicity of this card and the joyful colors of Susan’s color challenge.  Lucky for me the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Easter for more than just a day…so when they get it next week…it won’t we late!  :D

The basic shape of the cross uses Brenda Quintana’s brilliant Modern Label Cross Tutorial.  Brenda is also known as Qbee and and she’s famous for Hershey Treat folded 3D projects of all kinds.  To me she is simply the queen of simple and fun and she freely shares so many of her wonderful projects.  Check her out.  I’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to her brilliance!

I hope you’ll join the Watercooler color challenge and show us your own interpretation of the picture and link up to us.  Don’t forget to check the Watercooler Challenge Blog post here to see who was the winner of the last challenge submissions by linky artists.    Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

Hugs and Happy Easter!

Jean Fitch in pink

Watercooler Challenge WCC19

Welcome to the WaterCooler Challenge WCC19

For this challenge Bev Q provided us with a wonderful picture.   I love the fluidity of shape, simplicity and a multiplicity of colors to play with.  Kind of reminds me of I Dream of Jeanie too but I don’t think I can fit harem pants onto my card (well…or on me either).

WCC19 -Vases  Challenge Inspiration

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

As with most inspirational picture challenges you can take your inspiration where you find it in the picture.  For me it was the rounded shape, the colors and the basic fluid lines.   And of course me, being me, I had to turn the picture on it’s head just to see what thoughts that provided.

 

WCC19 Vase inspiration picture upside down

Want to guess what I saw before I show you my card?  And no it’s not a squid or snail!

I ran into one tiny problem…the balloon die cut I decided to use is huge!   I just couldn’t see adding more balloons given the shape I had opted for so I ended up cutting back on the colors I used.   I also melded the brighter green and and lighter blue into a compromise…Coastal Cabana!   Bermuda Bay might have been a truer mix  (I always did enjoy color manipulation in my dying and weaving) but since I decided to debut my first use of Strawberry Slush I thought SS might need the comfort and company of it’s fellow In Color mate.  Wouldn’t you know I’d finally get into the 2013-2015 In Colors just as they are about to leave the stage?  Yep…that’s how my boat so often floats (or my balloon as the case may be).    Oh…and a quick reminder.  If you are wanting to keep these colors around make sure to pick up your refills, extra paper and so on soon!  The retirement list is coming out in a month or so and those In Color items disappear quick!

Okay…now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag…here’s my card.

 

Watercooler Challenge WCC19 - Balloon Hello Card - Jean Fitch using Balloon Framelits and the Hello You thinlit die

In my rendition of the inspiration picture I reflected the deep blue curves of the bottles in the scallop curves of the Night of Navy card base then added more curves with a round balloon, an oval mat and the curvy feel of the hello die of the new Hello You thinlits.  Have I mentioned yet how in love I am with the Occasions Catalog this year?  The balloon, bow and pennant banner piece are all from a die set that coordinates with the Celebrate Today stamps.   I was a tad chincy on my use of stamps on this card so you are only seeing the tail image (is it still a tail when it’s on a balloon and not a kite?) from the Celebrate Today stamp set.  One of many fun images for all occasions.   Another wonderful thing about the size of the balloon…it’s big enough to cover the inky smudge my fingers picked up when I opened the Crushed Curry ink pad.  Note to self:  Wash hands before assembling, stamping or touching layers of the card…especially when said layer is Whisper White!

Supplies:

Stamps: Celebrate Today, Hello There (interior), February 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set (the image on the balloon under the Dazzling Diamonds.

Ink:  Crushed Curry

Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana Cardstocks.  Gold Foil.

Other: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Dazzling diamonds, Adhesive glue pad, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Here’s a quick shot of my incomplete interior.  I’m still mulling over whether I want small flowers, another bow or what to dress up the inside of the card.

Watercooler Challenge WCC19 - Balloon Hello Card interior - Jean Fitch creation

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I hope you’ll join the challenge and show us your own interpretation of the picture.  Don’t forget to check yesterdays Challenge Blog post to see who was the winner of the last challenge submissions by linky artists.    Check the challenge site for rules on competing.

Hugs and Happy Stamping!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

Chinese New Year and the Watercooler Challenge WCC18

Welcome to the WaterCooler Challenge WCC18 & of course…

Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year that is. :D    Well actually the New Year started February 19 but the celebration extends to March 5th so I don’t think I’m too late do you?   According to various sources it’s either the year of the sheep or the goat or the ram.  As a spinner and weaver I’m pretty much good with all three though sheep’s wool is generally easier to spin by far.

To celebrate the start of a new lunar cycle I jumped into the Watercooler Challenge with the wonderful sketch contributed by another Watercooler Challenge artist Miss Jackie Susnik.   Jackie concocted the sketch using the My Digital Studio program available from Stampin’ Up!   Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

WCC18 sketch challenge by Jackie Susnik

WCC18 Sketch Challenge

As with most sketch challenges the sketch can be turned in any direction as long as it is still recognizably this sketch.  Initially I had thought about standing the sketch on its head but in the end I used it pretty much as shown.  Note…the sketch elements are all we are challenged with…the color choices are completely our own.

The small historic mining town near where I live in Southern Oregon celebrates Chinese New Year with a passion.  At one time many of the towns businesses were owned and run by Chinese families and a tradition of celebrating the Chinese New Year was begun in the 1800’s and has continued to the modern era.  A favorite with the tourists and locals alike.  So I took that for my theme as well with lots of bright red, gold and borrowing the honeycomb design of the bee that is a much used symbol in Chinese tradition and imagery.

Jean's Watercooler Challenge # WCC18 Chinese New Year Birthday Card

Supplies:

Stamps: Apothecary Art (birthday sentiment), Sweet Essentials (ret.), Mixed Bunch

Ink: Versamark, Stazon (Black)

Paper: Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana Cardstocks

Punches: Blossom, 2-1/2″ Circle, Banner (for the ends of the banners)

Other: Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Hexagon Hive Thinlit, Gold Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder, Sale-a-Bration Best Day Ever Accessory Pack (Coastal Cabana Button), Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

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I hope you’ll join the challenge and show us your own twist on the sketch.   Something new to note about the Watercooler Challenges… we now have a cool new badge for challenge winners and we’ll be announcing a new winner every two weeks at the start of the following challenge.   But…you have to enter in order to win the badge and you have to follow the rules.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing.

Hugs and Happy New Year whether you’re a person, a sheep, goat or ram!

Jean Fitch in pink

P.S.  I think I’ll pass on eating goat, lamb or mutton this year!

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