Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC101 – A Color Challenge that Shimmers!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC101 – Jean’s Color Challenge

wwc101-color-challenge-graphicbWelcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Since this week I get to pick the colors for the challenge I gave some serious thought to making this a white on white challenge to reflect the weather outside. But that would be way too easy…not to mention repetitive. LOL

So….

Since it’s my birthday this week and outside the window it’s snow white for the most part I thought I’d pick some happy party colors.  Can’t get much happier than Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and So Saffron.  A bit of bright and a bit of subtle and a whole lot of new!

Color challenges have no themes but given the week I wouldn’t say no to balloons and birthday cake.   Especially if you live nearby!

Go and be colorful! The white (paper or snow) will always be waiting for you when you are done.

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Reinker Shimmer Dragonfly Dreams

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Boy oh boy I wish you could see this card in real life.  Lots of shimmer and shine and texture.  Sadly the camera just won’t really show it off though it tried its best in the detail shot.    For this card I decided to do a mostly straight CASE of LeeAnn Greff and her tutorial on using reinkers & alcohol with the new Inside the Lines paper from Sale-a-Bration.  I’ll let you check out her post for the paper measurements and details and her wonderful video.   I changed things up a bit using Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White, different sentiments and colors and lastly a shot or three of homemade shimmer spray before the paper had fully dried.   The spray is created with a half bottle of alcohol (at least 70% though more is better) and a a few spatula bits of SU’s previously sold Platinum Shimmer Paint.  I found some on Amazon here.  They even have a Copper version!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (Occasions), Trust God (retired), a random Hero Arts stamp from garage sale (inside sentiment)

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum Ink Pads.   Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum Reinkers.  Homemade Shimmer Spray (Shimmer Paint -retired and alcohol)

Paper: Basic Black & Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (SAB)

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies,   Dimensionals, Bone Folder,  Fast Fuse and a Clear Acrylic block or two.

 

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to my 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 of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for newly updated rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.  And seriously…this week there are only 3 colors and any neutrals you wish to use.  Easy Peasy.  If you don’t have the exact colors get as close as you can with what you have on hand.  Really…it’s that easy. 😀

Put a little color in your life this week.  And join me in wishing Deb Smart well in all her new endeavors as she moves on from our Artist Group.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Wacky Watercooler January 2017 Mini Blog Hop #1: Occasions Catalog is Here!

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Welcome to the first of our two mini January Hops

This month we’re offering two mini hops since the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just went live January 4th.

We’re showcasing the new Occasions Catalog and also the freebies from the Sale-a-Bration products.

Are you wondering how we all created projects with products that were just available as of yesterday?   We’re all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators!  And…we get our hands on new product a month early.  If that sounds good to you check with your demonstrator and sign up today so you’ll be ready for the next new catalog early.  And…demonstrators can earn additional free goodies during Sale-a-Bration!   Okay…back to the hop.  Hee, hee.

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.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from Christine’s blog.   Amazing work as always Miss Christine.  Not only is Christine a wonderful friend but she fire’s up my creative mojo every time with her shared projects.

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For today’s hop I’m concentrating on one of my favorite forms of card.  The notecard!  A tad smaller than the traditional card size but still mailable with standard postage.   I love that they come in a pack of 20 for a mere $6.00.  And…they include the envelopes and are already scored and ready to fold and go!

Using the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit dies it was easy to create a very simple notecard (took about 5 minutes or less (love, love, love that silky and satiny new vanilla ribbon too).   Then I created a slightly more stepped up notecard.   Given how many notecards come in the package it would be easy to create an entire set to give as a gift.  A little specialty paper, washi tape or ribbon and a set of dies and you are ready to get creating.   Of course the Dragonfly dies also come as part of a bundle with a wonderful set of stamps and at a 10% discount so I’d look at that before you grab just the dies.  😀

Dragonfly Delight Notecards

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The Clean and Simple Version

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper:  Very Vanilla Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack

Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Bone Folder, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

A very quick and easy card.  Fold and crease the notecard, tie on the new luscious ribbon, die cut a grouping of dragonflies (it’s all in one die so easy to cut and glue down).  And lastly, stamp a sentiment from the new Swan Lake set ( I love the idea of dragonflies not exactly having a plan for their travel don’t you?), banner cut the ends and apply with dimensionals.  Stamp a few images from Swan Lake on the inside and you’re done!   Oh…and the notecards use regular postage so no worries there.

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The Stepped Up Urban Underground Version

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Supplies:

Stamps: Swan Lake

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack

Other:  Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Bone Folder, Urban Underground Washi Tape, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.

In this version of the notecard I played a bit more with papers and replaced ribbon with washi tape (easier and more affordable so I love that trick.  Easier to mail too!).  The only tricky bit was die cutting a set of dragonflies out of Very Vanilla and then tapping the die cut on the Delightful Dijon ink pad to add a bit of color and definition.  Not really all that tricky but a tad messy that’s for sure unless you use a plastic bag or over cover to keep the ink off your fingers.   I slipped a bit of the same carousel paper behind the Urban Underground.  I thought it gave a bit of a watery background look for the dragonflies.  They do so often fly over water right?

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.   Quick and simple meets the need so often.   And as you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Occasions and Annual Catalogs.  Don’t forget…from January 4th through March 31 your purchases may also earn you extra SAB freebies!   Sweet!

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Marsha’s blog.   Marsha is not only an original and crafty lady in so many ways and areas but she’s also our fearless leader this time around.  She stepped in at the last minute when Heidi came down with a winter case of pneumonia and is away from the keyboard.  Bless you Marsha for stepping up and I know we’ll be inspired by her hop contributions.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC100 – Whoo Hoo We’re Celebrating Our 100th Challenge this Week!!

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC100 – Anything Goes Celebration Theme Challenge

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Welcome to the celebration on this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Whoo Hoo We’re Celebrating Our 100th Challenge this Week!!   So of course….Anything Goes!

Can you believe we’re on our 100th challenge?  And to top it off we have a special guest designer to share in the celebration.   I hope you’ll give Bronwyn a warm Watercooler Wednesday welcome on this special return visit.  And here’s a heads up…if you add a linky creation this week you’ll be in the running for the winners right to a free tutorial from her blog site.
Celebrating this special milestone to me means expressing thankfulness and gratitude for the wonderful group of women I’ve been creating with for most of those 100 challenges.  I was warmly welcomed from the day I joined and week after week we share our joys, sorrows and a bit of general hilarity.   These women are truly a blessing to me.  A few have come and gone from the design team over the last couple of years but they are all still here in my heart.  You can see the list of artists past and present in the right hand column of the Challenge Blog.   Today, especially, I have to  send a shout out to the Founder of the Challenge, Miss Terri Antoniw.  Bless you Terri for the brilliant idea and many thanks to Heidi (with support from Miss Marsha) who picked up the baton from Terri and have gotten us to this amazing milemarker.  Leadership and hard work (herding artists is about a easy as herding cats) have gotten us here and will keep us going in the future.

Something else we’re celebrating today.  The start of Sale-a-Bration!   Do you think Stampin’ Up counted the dates of our challenges when they set up the starting date for SAB so we could double up on the celebration?   You never know.  They do like surprises and they love to make their demos happy.

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Paisley & Posies Thankfulness Card

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Thinking of you all as I stomp through 15″ of snow covering my drive area and property.  The new boots are getting a workout that’s for sure.  Well really I’m mostly staying inside today and trying to stay warm while praying we don’t lose power.  I’m well and truly snowed in with drifts over 3 ‘ here and there.  Very thankful I stocked up on groceries.  Including hot apple cider!

So what does a gal do when she wants to express feelings of thankfulness, gratitude and blessing all in one card?  She grabs the Paisleys & Posies suite of products of course.   Introduced in this years Holiday Catalog (that sadly retired as of today), I fell in love with the entire product suite immediately.  It pairs perfectly with the new copper products and the Paisley Suite’s ribbons, paper, stamps and dies.  Sadly with the catalog now retired some of those products are no longer available but I’m happy to say that the stamp set, dies and the copper products are all still current.  At least until June anyway.  And here in the States,  the Paisley & Posies dies and stamps purchased together will earn you a free Sale-a-Bration item.  You can check it out here in the online store.

My design today is a general CASE (copy and share everything) with a twist, of a card created by Sherrie Gross that I found out in blogland.  Since the set is a paisley one I really wanted to add an actually paisley element using the copper foil paper.  If you look at the close up detail shot below you’ll see that I copper embossed one of the stamp images and then die cut with one of the open paisley dies.  It’s a subtle detail that shows up better in person.  I also softened up the look with color changes.  I don’t know about you but I’ll seriously miss Mint Macaron when it goes away come June.   Which reminds me…if you love that In Color as much as I do you may want to stock up on the ink and paper versions you love ASAP.  Along about the end of January we start seeing reinkers, ink pads and papers disappear from the storefront.   Besides…it’s Sale-a-Bration time starting today which means you earn a freebie stamp or paper or other SAB item with every $50 you spend so it’s the perfect time to stock up on staples as well as new items from the Occasions Catalog.

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Tip:  Did you know that you can heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder on top of Copper Foil paper?  Yep…you can!  But do it’ carefully.  And I would suggest applying the heat from the back of the copper foil paper.

 

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Tip:  Here’s a tip for the inside of the card.  If you are making more than one it’s simpler to create a collage of the sentiments and the small decorative image on one larger block.  Then you can ink and stamp all in one motion.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black or Archival Basic Black, Versamark Ink

Paper: Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla Cardstock; Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (ret.) and Copper Foil Paper

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Paisley Framelits, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack (ret.), Dimensionals, Tombow or Fine Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL or Fast Fuse.

 

For the directions, measurements & tips to recreate this project you can download the following PDF that I created to share with my class.

WWC100 – Paisleys & Posies Thankfulness card PDF Directions – Jean Fitch

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That’s it for this milestone challenge celebration.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to the Celebration 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!  And this week you’ll also win a free tutorial from our generous guest designer Bronwyn Eastley.

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 to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.  And I’m looking forward to your making our next 100 challenges truly great with your participation!    Thank you for reading and hopefully enjoying our last 100 challenges.

Stay warm and stay safe wherever you are.  If you have a furbaby to hug, today’s the perfect day to share a little warmth.

Jean Fitch in pink

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC99 – Another Redwork Creation with a bit of Peace & Joy

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:00 AM PST

WWC99 – Marsha’s Clean & Simple (CAS)

Make it with Hearts Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Loving Miss Marsha’s CAS heart challenge this week.  I hope you’ve noticed that we’ve changed our accepted definition of Clean and Simple for our Wednesday Challenges.   Going forward you’ll have a little more freedom to add to the previous basic paper and ink only.   Check the image above for the definition we are now using and I hope to see your creation in the linky this week.

The simplicity angle of this weeks Clean and Simple (CAS) led me to yet another Redwork style creation.  You can see my first one for this year here.  In this case I took a bit of liberty with a more silhouette style image instead of a full line image.  Either way…I feel it works.
Here’s the explanation about Redwork that I shared in the earlier post.   When I was a munchkin my mom taught me about redwork stitching.  The type of embroidery where you use only red thread (in this case I selected Cherry Cobbler as my “red”) and generally the patterns are a bit retro and mostly outlines since redwork was something popular many, many moons ago.  Here’s a link to a basic description and a free pattern if you want to give it a try in the none ink world.

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Heartfelt Peace & Joy

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When I saw that Marsha had added a heart theme to this weeks challenge I immediately thought of Christmas and the gift of the Christ Child.   The Annual Catalog set Joyful Nativity seemed the perfect expression of that concept.   The manger image thankfully fit right inside the heart window.   A simple design with a subtle reminder of God’s love for us and his sharing of his son as a gift from the heart.  Jesus sat below his mother’s heart for all those months and now resides in my heart as well bringing peace and joy.    Can you tell I’ve found a deal of meaning in this simple card? 😀

Supplies:

Stamps:  Joyful Nativity, Good Greetings (retired), Peace this Christmas (inside)

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock (Thick & Thin versions), Warmth & Cheer paper stack DSP (inside of card)

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits (retired), 1/8″ Gold Ribbon,   Dimensionals and Bone Folder and Clear Acrylic block or two.

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Cardbase:  5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ Whisper White.  Score at 4-1/4″, fold and crease with bone folder.

Die cut Focal Layer:  4″ x  5-1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock – I’d suggest you use the Thick Whisper White so the dimensionals don’t show through.

Stamped underlayer (shows through window): Whisper White thin –  4-3/4″ x  3-3/4″

1) To form the heart cut window…die cut the focal layer piece with next to largest smooth heart framelit die from the now retired Hearts Collection.  If you don’t have that set one of the current heart dies should also work or you can substitute an oval, circle, square or other shaped die to cut the window.

2) Stamp the small evening star image from the Joyful Nativity set above the center portion of the heart die cut window.   Stamp your sentiment (I chose the peace & joy sentiment from the retired Good Greetings stamp set) centered below the heart shaped window.

3)  Stamp your manger and family images from Joyful Nativity in the center of the underlayer piece.  Don’t forget to use a piercing pad or other soft mat under your stamping surface so the “bold” images transfer the most ink.   Trim the underlayerlayer piece if needed so that when you adhere to the die cut heart layer you don’t have any edges peeking out.  Using SNAIL, Fast Fuse or glue dots adhere the underlayer piece under the die cut so the manger scene shows to best advantage through the heart shaped window.

4) Attach the combined focal layer with dimensionals to the front of the card.  Add whatever you want to the inside of the card and decorate the envelope as well.   I stamped the Peace, Love & Joy sentiment from Peace This Christmas along with the small angel from Joyful Nativity.  I also added a small strip of designer series paper to dress up the inside of the card.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Marsha’s CAS Make it with Hearts 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 to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

Don’t forget that this time around you have two weeks to add your linky creation.  We’re taking a break for Christmas so this week’s challenge runs through January 2nd.   I’m hoping to return to lots and lots of fabulous creations added to our challenge page to inspire and delight all the readers and design team.

Many Blessings and may your Christmas (or other Holiday Celebration) be filled with Peace & Joy.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC97 – A Sketch Challenge Washi Tape & Wreath Card

WWC97 – Penny’s Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Many thanks Miss Penny for a sketch challenge that allowed me to continue my Warmth and Cheer Washi Tape and paper addiction!

I just can’t seem to stop using those lovely products.  Didn’t hurt either that the Stampin’ Up End of Year Close Out Sale is featuring those and other wonderful products I used on the card too.  Lots of stocking up opportunities before it’s all gone!

With several inches of snow predicted this week (somewhere between 3-6 inches in my little mountain valley) I just had to use a white background and then warm it up with holiday colors.   As usual I couldn’t resist flipping the sketch and adding a few different elements.  After all…just because there is a layer required doesn’t mean you can’t layer that layer with lots and lots of a favorite washi tape right?  And can you guess the trick I pulled so I’d have a full clean and white wreath center to play with?   Oh…and did you notice my word for this year is JOY?  That seems to be showing up everywhere as I design my projects, though I’m having to get a tad creative for single versions since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have quite as many versions of that word that a yearlong use may require. Hint…hint…if you’re reading this SU.

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Washi Tape and Wreath Card

Otherwise known as a further sign of my addiction!

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC97 - Penny's Sketch Challenge - Washi Tape & Wreath Card, an original creation by Jean Fitch. Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape and Designer Series Paper Stack. See the post for additional supply list and directions.

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Inside view

I’ll let you in on a little secret.   The Designer Series Paper piece is covering up lots and lots of ink!   What started out as the front of the card ended up with some green smudgy thumb prints by mistake that ruined the nice Clean and Simple look I had going on.   Luckily creativity and some gorgeous paper came to the rescue.  I flipped the card so that I had a clean front to redo and a challenge to clean up on the interior.  As it happened I love what that led too.  A lovely plaid flannel look that provided the perfect background for a bit of golden joy and a nice offset for the pine bough and sentiment just below it.  I was so taken with how this design turned out that it just made my line up for the additional Christmas cards I still need to send out.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, Labeler Alphabet, Christmas Pines (inside)

Inks:  Garden Green

Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Gold Foil

Tools & Adhesives: Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (Holiday Catalog),  Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Fast Fuse, Bone Folder

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip:  To keep the area inside the wreath clean and white for decorating or leaving plain take your inside of the wreath framelit and line it up with the inside of the wreath on top of your washi tape cardstock layer and run through the Big Shot again.  Without that step you end up with a bit of a messy looking partial bit of washi tape peeking through the center of the wreath.

Cardbase:  Basic cardbase of Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ then folded and creased with a bone folder.

Washi Tape Covered Layer:  2″ x 4-1/2″ Thick Whisper White – Cover with alternating rows of washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer collection that’s currently on sale (Yay! I 💘 saving money.).

1) Using the Wonderful Wreath Framelit dies cut a wreath and bow using your desired designer paper from the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack.  (Love that this is also currently on sale!)

2) Fit the inside ring die from the wreath back onto the wreath and place over the washi tape panel where you want the wreath to sit then run through the Big Shot.  You may want to use a bit of washi tape to hole it all in place even if you use the magnetic platform so it doesn’t move on you while transferring to the cutting platform.

3) Wrap the Garden Green Baker’s Twine twice around the washi tape panel and tie a bow to one side.  Using Garden Green ink stamp the sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh stamp set on the card front once you have the placement of the washi tape layer estimated.  You might want to use some pencil tick marks to show the placement of the layer.

4) Adhere the washi tape panel above the stamped sentiment with Fast Fuse (or other adhesive).  Attach the Wreath with dimensionals making sure to line up the die cut area on the panel with the die cut line on the wreath.  Attach die cut bow with a glue dot.  If you want you can embellish the bow with a small punched or die cut glimmer paper star or rhinestones.

5) Carefully line up the J, O, Y from the Labeler Alphabet on a very small block and then carefully stamp on the white area inside of the wreath using Garden Green ink.  If you don’t trust your stamping you can stamp on a scrap and then cut out and glue down the individual letters.  Also…if you make a boo boo when inking directly you can place a white circle of clean paper and try again or go with the cut outs.

For the inside of my card I used a sentiment from Christmas Pines as well as the pine bough image.  I also cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the Warmth & Cheer DSP  to cover my inking boo boos then added a die cut of the word JOY from the same die set that was cut from gold foil paper.  I applied the Joy die cut with rolled up glue dots.  I removed the glue dots with a finger nail and then rolled the dots up into  narrow enough pieces to place behind several sections of the die cut.  You could also use the Fine Tip Glue Pen or Tombow Liquid Glue placed in small dots.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Penny’s Sketch 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 to the linky.  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.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC95 – A More Masculine Cup of Cheer

WWC95 – Libby’s Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Many thanks Miss Libby for giving us an Anything Goes challenge with a masculine theme this week.   It allowed me to grab the “boo-boo” card I originally created for our Simply Stamping challenge (remember I said that challenge took me 3 tries :D).   This is the card I originally had in mind to celebrate my late husband’s (and his brothers) love of flannel, sweaters and green cups filled with tea, coffee or hot chocolate).

When I first met my Fitch Family they had a lovely tradition of gathering for “a cup of cheer” as in cups of tea (or coffee in Alan’s case) with family gatherings of every type (a quick cuppa, family dinner or a major holiday).   I felt instantly at home as my own mom and I used to have daily “tea parties” for much the same purpose.  A time to catch up and have that cup that cheers and time together that warms the soul.

If you don’t yet have that tradition in your own family you might want to consider starting it this holiday season.  Makes for lovely memories and closer relationships.  I think of my far flung family with every cup of cheer I treat myself to these days.

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A More Masculine (and Green) Cup of Cheer

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC95 -a-cup-of-cheer-Jean Fitch-July 2015 Paper Pumpkin and 2016 Holiday Catalog

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As you can see I’ve dug into my past Paper Pumpkin supplies once again.  Boy are those kits handy!   The July 2015 Thanks a Latte kit is the one I used yet again (to see the other recent one click here).  I love those stamps and wish we had a  Big Shot die to cut those cups!   Of course I’ve also kept my project current by including the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and the Warmth and Cheer Washi Tape from the 2016 Holiday Catalog as well.

If you have that Pumpkin Kit are you wondering where the “green” cup came from?  I used one of the white die cut cups from the Pumpkin kit and applied Garden Green ink using one of our new foam brayers.  Quite a handy tool don’t you think?  The rest is paper, ink and washi tape.  An easy 10 minute or less card.  Especially easy since I used a Stampin’ Up Notecards & Envelopes set for the base.  Now all I have to do is address and send to remind someone in my family that I’m thinking of them.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Thanks a Latte (July 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set), Holly Berry Happiness.

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock, Notecards and Envelopes set.

Tools & Adhesives: Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Foam Brayer,  Dimensionals, Bone Folder and a Clear Acrylic block or two.

Note:  the gold star I included in the inside of the card was a leftover gold foil Santa’s Sleigh star die cut from an earlier project.  Don’t you love using the bits and pieces that litter your desk?

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DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Tip:  If you are running out of pre-die cut cups you can trace one of the cups on a spare sheet of Whisper White paper and then fussycut with your Paper Snips.

Cardbase:  One ready made note card and envelope from the set of 20 that Stampin’ Up sells.

Focal Layer:  3″ x 4-1/2″ Whisper White – I’d suggest you use the Thick Whisper White so the dimensionals don’t show through.

1) Wrap the bottom of the focal layer with 4 strips of washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer collection.

2) Use the foam brayer to color your white cup cut out with Garden Green ink.  It will take quite a few layers of ink to get it as dark as I did.  Roll the brayer in several directions to get even coverage and no lines.   While the cup is drying use the Cherry Cobbler ink and place the sentiment from the pumpkin kit in the upper right corner.   Then check where you want the cup placement and stamp the steam at the top of the proposed cup area in Smoky Slate and then attach the cup with two dimensionals.

3) Attach the focal layer with dimensionals to the front of the card.  Add whatever you want to the inside of the card and decorate the envelope as well.

For the inside of my card I used a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness, the cup and steam and sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin and another strip of washi tape as well as a leftover gold star sitting on my desk.

Another reminder from the earlier post.  These notecards & envelopes can be mailed with standard first class postage.  At least here in the States they can.  Not so sure about international mailing regulations.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Libby’s Masculine Anything Goes 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 to the linky.  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.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler November 2016 Blog Hop: All About Christmas!

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Welcome to our “All Out” Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the “All Out” Christmas Celebration Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  If you are looking for inspiration for Christmas you’ve come to the right place.

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.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Gail’s blog.   Gail is a dear friend I first met in the Watercooler.  She’s also one of our many (and talented) Canadian stampers.    I hope you found her projects as inspiring as I always do.  I always enjoy Gails original take on life and on stamping.  She’s so often the heart of our Watercooler stamping group.  A fun presence that reminds us all how much joy there is in life.

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Today all the stops are out and we’ve a wide open field for any kind of project!  So…what do you think I did?  Cards of course.  {grin}   Over the next few weeks I’ve got projects of all kinds on tap to show you but as we approach the end of November I’m working madly to finish as many cards as I can so I’ll meet my first week of December mail out deadline.   That’s my annual deadline…just don’t ask me when they really get mailed.  LOL

Here’s my first Christmas offering.   A

The secret ingredient is Washi Tape…and gold.   Love that rustic/formal combo.   Over the weekend I’ll be sharing a page of directions as well as a pictorial tutorial to show you exactly how it’s done.  It’s really quite easy.

Santa Sleigh Tree with Washi Tape

(click the image for a larger view)

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Inside

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Supplies:

Stamps: Santa’s Sleigh, Star of Light (the three stars)

Ink: Versamark, Garden Green

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Cardstock & Gold Foil

Other: Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Baker’s Twine Trio (Holiday Catalog), Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL

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Next up is a fun Gift Card Holder in a bag.   For this project I got my new Stitched Frame Framelits out to play.  I’ve done the new rectangle from a square in this same design but wouldn’t you know…I gave that version away!  Arghhh…just before the hop.   So…check back again and I’ll have that for you too as well as directions on how to make the rectangle.  In the meantime…here’s the simpler version.

Note:  The Blooms & Wishes stamp set that I used is 25% off through the end of November so if you want to CASE it’s the perfect time to purchase the ingredients.

Stitched Frame Framelit Gift Card Bag

stitched-gift-card-bag-jean-fitchPlain without insert

 

christmas-stitched-frame-gift-card-holderChristmas with insert that holds a gift card

flower-stitched-gift-card-holder-detail-november-2016-watercooler-hop-jean-fitch-copyDetail of the stitched frame piece

stitched-gift-card-pocketBackside of the insert with the gift card pocket

stitched-gift-card-bag-2-jean-fitchAlternate version

Supplies:

Stamps: Blooms & Wishes, Merry Medley (background Stamp)

Ink: Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Glassine Bags

Other:  Bone Folder, Linen Thread, Baker’s Twine Trio (Holiday Catalog), Rhinestone Jewels, Paper Snips,  SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

I’ll have directions for this one as well over the weekend.

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Last but not least here’s my final project.  It just isn’t Christmas without a star right?  So using the Star of Light stamps and dies I’ve created a couple of “Star of Bethlehem” type card designs.

Star of Light 1 & 2

star-of-light-1-jean-fitchSilver embossed version – stamped behind the window

star-of-light-2-jean-fitchSilver foil die cut version

Supplies:

Stamps: Star of Light

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver Foil

Other: Big Shot, Evening Star Thinlits, Bone Folder, Silver Metallic Thread, White Seam Binding,  SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

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I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today.  Especially if you are still working on getting your own cards ready to send out.  As you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Holiday and Annual Catalogs.

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my friend  Christine’s blog.   Christine is another original who is crafty in so many ways and areas and that joy of creativity always shines through.  I know you’ll be inspired in so many ways.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.

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