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!

Creative Blog Hop continuing…one post at a time.

Greetings and welcome to another edition of the ongoing and ever active Creative Blog Hop.

Not your usual blog hop format as each week a blogger posts a project, answers 4 specific questions about their artistic process and has also invited a couple more artists to join in a set of follow on posts a week later.   A sort of creative chain of posts that appear one at a time in a variety of branching chains but without a long menu of participants at any one time.

You can follow the chain back by clicking on each link from the post the week before and discover a wonderful new set of blogs and projects to inspire you.   The hop is not confined to any one companies product though if you know me well you know that I’ll be using my beloved Stampin’ Up! products.  Lots of CASEing possibilities on the hop as you follow along.

My thanks to my dear friend Miss Marsha Reed who hails from Iowa with her Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe Blog.  Here’s the link to her Creative Hop Post that I’m honored to follow.

Birdhouse Dreams - CASE by Jean Fitch of Jackie Topa

Here’s my project…a CASE (copy and share everything) from another wonderful stamper Jackie Topa.   You can see Jackie’s original post (and a smashing video that gives all the details) here.

February is the month for hearts and not just because Valentine’s Day falls within its scope. Winter is half done (in most parts of the country – lol) and the fires of life, love and a wish for Spring come springing up (yep…that pun was intentional).  The perfect month for dreams of every sort.   I found the Stampin’ Up! small paper stack “Moonlight” the perfect expression of that feeling with its warm and vibrant colors with coordinating patterns on both sides of the paper sheet.

If you are not feeling quite so “heartfelt” here’s another simpler version.  You can send as is or add a sentiment when the card is ready to send and you have a better handle on the sentiment required.

Moonlight Birdhouse - a CASE by Jean Fitch of a Jackie Topa original

and the interior still waiting for it’s added sentiment and message:

Birdhouse Interior

Supplies:

(combined for both cards but easy to tell which is which…only the punches and roof and heart cardstock are different…the Designer Series Paper is the same paper stack.)

Stamps: Loving Thoughts (ret.)

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Paper: Natural’s Ivory (3-3/4” x 11”), Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive Cardstock (3”x 3”), Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.

Punches: 1” Circle, Small Heart, Large Heart (ret), Bird Builder, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (ret), Word Window, Modern Label.
You can substitute the newer Sweetheart Punch or the Heart Collection Framelits for the large heart and the current Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pak has a small heart in it.

Other: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder(ret.), Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Diagonal Scoring Board.
The Woodgrain, Argyle or other folder can be substituted if you don’t have Stripes folder.

I’ve also provided my own set of written instructions that include the following close up pictures to help you see how the folds go together.

Bird House Shaped Card CASE by Jean Fitch

Birdhouse 1  Birdhouse 2

Birdhouse 3

And now…to the interview questions…I’ll try to keep it short.  LOL:

1. What are you working on now?

A set of projects for next Saturdays Stamp Camp in Central Point, Oregon that will highlight a variety of specialized stamping tools such as the Gift Box Punch Board and a Ttrifold card with a die cut window to show off my newest stamp set Sheltering Tree from the Occasions Catalog.  A group affair with my upline and Sideline (we run our monthly events in partnership) and our customers – a fun group of ladies (and the occasional gent) who love stamping and fun food (thus our famous potluck!).   A tad tricky to plan since the event is on Valentine’s Day but doesn’t specifically focus on that occasion though we will be making the latest Paper Pumpkin Valentine Treat that should be very fun as one of the bonus projects.

Of course I always have projects from a variety of sources and schemes in progress.  Just hopping from blog to blog seems to add to the inspiration.  Not to mention viewing catalogs, videos and the many inspiring stamping products out there.  In the back of my mind I’ve been working on a new fold idea but that’s still in the trial stage in odd moments.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I’m not entirely sure that it does overall.  Though in general I go for simplicity of line and fairly uncluttered in style.   I love to work in so many styles and with so many techniques it’s always a guess what you will find on my work table.   I find inspiration online, in catalogs and just dreaming at night – surely at least one of you reading also dreams stamping and stamp project designs right?  Please tell me I’m not the only obsessed stamper who can’t stop designing when the eyes close and slumber begins.

My friends will tell you that one of my favorite things is to have someone ask…what can I do with….(insert stamp set, die or other stamping equipment)…and I’m off to the races with ideas.  Some practical…some not so much but always a fun endeavor.   Another favorite thing is to see what’s sitting on my table in the way of unused bits and pieces and see what I can create…rather like one of those Craft Wars shows with limited supplies.

At the moment I’m entirely enchanted with folds and different die cutting techniques not to mention trying to see original ways to use every image in a stamp set for any and all occasions.  Trust me…it CAN be done!

3. Why do you create what you do?

Joy.   The joy of the creative process and the rush it brings as well as the joy found in sharing that same creativity with another person.   I’m also a spinner and weaver among many other fiber crafts and the sheer joy of working with color and texture (whether fiber or paper or other medium) makes me happy most days.   I never thought of myself as a creative artistic type person since I can’t paint or draw worth a darn though I do a mean doodle in the margins of many papers if you won’t think I’m bragging.   Writing yes…or music…that makes me feel creative but art…nope that wasn’t me.   Then I discovered my passion for color and texture in the fiber arts and I was on my way.   A troll through a magazine introduced me to Stampin’ Up and the world of paper crafting planted itself in my heart and mind and I’ve never looked back.   I’m still growing in all my creative endeavors and mediums.  If you’d seen my early work compared to today you’d see what I mean and hopefully see the joy involved.  Whether starting out or continuing down the road it all comes back to joy!

4. How does your creative process work?

Very, very messily.  And most often when I’m up against a deadline there is a certain amount of stress involved if I haven’t cleaned up the previous creative mess making session.  That’s the practical side of my process.   The overall process begins with the mind, the eyes and an assortment of inputs whether conversations, dreams, a troll through my shelves of stamps and dies or catalogs and a seed of an idea that I want to accomplish.  A broad outline such as…it’s March…and Easter will be coming up though I’m not ready to part with the Christmas holidays just yet but I must move on.  LOL

If an original idea doesn’t spring to mind I may surf through various online galleries, blogs, Pinterest and so on and see what that sparks.  That may end up with my doing a direct CASE (with a few changes of stamps, punches and so on – or not) or seeing something that sparks an aha moment of original or semi original creativity.

Funny thing is, I’ve discovered over the years that just like knitting where I think I’ve come up with a brilliant (and original) new stitch pattern…I discover it was out there all along I just didn’t know it.   It’s still satisfying to make something to your own design, believe it’s yours, share it with the world and then discover that others had the same thought at the seemingly same moment.  How cool is that…perhaps a collective unconscious that brings it to the top all across the planet?  However you want to explain it…it happens more than you might think and each person has experienced the creative original moment many times with no other inputs than their own imaginings.   In a world of CASE that may not always be easy to verify but I believe it happens…because I’ve experienced it.  In a sense the wheel was always there waiting to be brought forth…whether from a scientists mind or the mind of one who has watched a rock roll end over end and said aha…and it has been created and recreated in one form or another, in one culture or another…over and over again.    Hm…was Eve a CASE of Adam…or a totally original creation…or just descended from a chimp template…you decide.   However it worked…there was a creative impulse that allowed for unique differences and was an expression of Joy!

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I hope you’ll go out today and discover your own creative impulses that lead you to joy.  In whatever medium you choose…remember the fun of those early days when finger painting anything and everything was all about the paint, fingers and a certain amount of creative mess on the paper that could be anything you dreamed.    I don’t know about you…but I still have one of my kindergarten finger paintings (my Mom framed it) and I still see many things in it’s now fading colors and curves and it brings me joy to connect with that younger self who didn’t worry about ART in capital letters but was busy learning the art of creativity and joy at it’s simple best!

The next participants in the hop are my good friends and former hop buddies (anyone else remember the Hanukkah Hop with fondness from a couple of years ago?) Miriam Permut and Andi Potler.

Both will be posting their amazing projects on February 16th.  I can’t wait to see what they have to share.

Here’s where you will find them.

Miriam’s blog – My Ink Pad

Andi’s blog  – Absolute Kreations

Trust me…if you aren’t blog followers now…you will want to sign up with both these talented ladies after perusing their blogs.   Enjoy the rest of the ongoing hop.

Blessings and joy –

Jean Fitch in pink

Blessings of Peace and Joy be yours ♥

Dear Friends,

Last night was the last night of Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights – and today is the first day of Christmas – for many of us Christians the first day of an entire season.  So many images of light and joy are dancing through my thoughts these last few days as I celebrate these gifts from a loving Creator so I thought I’d pop in here to wish you all joy and peace and the blessing of light in your lives.

For me all holy days (well really all days since most are holy in one way or another)  are about Joy and on Christmas more than most.  One of my favorite blogs (The Velveteen Rabbi) gave me two Christmas gifts today.  One a link to a blog ( Telling Secrets ) I’ve never read before (but will be reading now) and who’s post about Joy and Christmas and life in between confirmed my own thoughts on the subject and reminded me what it is to breathe.

And second a poem that says so much and reminds us to carry Christmas with us throughout the year.   Thought I’d share that with you too.

by Reverend Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

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I thought I’d also share a bit of creativity with you as an added gift.   My dear friend,  fellow Llama and Wacky Watercooler member Patti Leeke shared her lovely picture of a star wreath with me awhile back and today seems a great day to share that with all of you as well.  Not least of which is because the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit that is the foundation of the wreath is on sale until January 5th or while supplies last.

Think of star shine, creativity and love and you have a picture of both Patti and her wonderful wreath.   Thanks Patti for sharing!  Now if only one of Patti’s New Years resolution was to start a blog!

Patti’s Many Merry Stars Wreath

Patti's Star Wreath 1

Patti's Star Wreath 2

Patti’s loving spouse Jim (Hi Jim and Merry Christmas) made the wooden wreath form (fancy name for a circle shaped ring) for Patti.  The rest of the supplies are mostly from the Many Merry  Stars Simply Created Kit with a few extras current and retired that Patti found in her studio.  Here’s the list based on what I can see:

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, Tree Punch (2014 Holiday), Designer Rosette XL Bigz Die, Gift Bow Punch (2015 Occasions), Paper Doily Sizzlit Die (retired), Itty Bitty Accent punch pak (stars), Wonderful Wreath stamps and die set (2014 Holiday), Glimmer Paper (various colors), Snowflake Punch (retired), Small Circle Punch – not sure what size.

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That’s it for the blog today…back to the merry mayhem that is Christmas in the country…good food, good friends to share with, neighbors chickens, dogs, music and celebratory gun shots (theirs not mine and not recommended at all)  and a tangible joy that knows no bounds.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

The Wacky Watercooler December 2014 Blog Hop: Best of Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

flowered wood - Kathe Deck

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

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CASEing  Kathe D

Woodgrain Wreath - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

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

Supplies:

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

Ink: Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder

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

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

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

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

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

Butterfly Die Angels

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

Supplies:

Stamps: Endless Wishes

Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christmas Cactus Box

Christmas Cactus Box - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

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

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

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

Christmas Cactus box sideview - Wacky Watercooler December Best of Hop

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

Supplies:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, En Francais Background (retired)

Ink: Versamark, Garden Green

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

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

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

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

Hugs & Holiday Love – Jean

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Year End Close Outs available online now!

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

Click the icon to see my online store!

 

For more information contact me at:

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

 

More details on the sale:

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

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

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On your mark…get set…SHOP!

Yep the fabulous Online Extravaganza Sale is on!

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

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

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

Remember supplies are limited for the doorbuster deals.

Monday’s special 24 hour only deals – click here

Hostess Code to use for online orders: Y2WFBJGN

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

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

Enjoy!

Jean Fitch in pink

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