Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC78 – Backyard Billygoats

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

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge -WWC78 - Jean's Theme Challenge - Anything with a B

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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

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

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

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

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Backyard Billygoats

(B is for Billygoat)

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

 

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

Inside of Card

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

Supplies:

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

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

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake Cardstock

Punches: Triple Banner, 3/4″ Circle

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

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Labeler Alphabet tip:

 

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

Labeler Alphabet Tip 1

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

Labeler Alphabet Tip 2

 

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

Copy Paper Designing tip 1

Copy Paper Designing Tip 2

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

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

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

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

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

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Welcome to our July Third Anniversary Celebration Blog Hop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture Perfect Starfish

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

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

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

Picture Perfect Star Fish - Rose Wonder - Jean Fitch

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

Starfish Detail - Jean Fitch

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

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

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

Supplies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponges for coloring

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

Pop up Grateful Bunch Spring Card

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - WW Hop 072116 - Jean Fitch

View from the back

Grateful Bunch Spring Card - back - Jean Fitch

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

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

Supplies:

Stamps: Grateful Bunch, Rose Wonder

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

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

Punch: Blossom Bunch

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

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

Pop Up Grateful Bunch Spring Card Hop Version-JeanFitch

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

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

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

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC77 – Sweet Wreath

WWC77 – Marsha’s Color Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

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

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

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Sweet Wreath

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

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

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

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

Supplies:

Stamps:  Jar of Love

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

Paper: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Punches: Bird Builder (ret.)

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

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

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

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

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

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC75 – Christmas in July Paper Pumpkin Style!

Apologies everyone for the late post.  I had it scheduled but it didn’t go out as indicated.  Sigh….

WWC75 – Deborah’s Sketch Challenge

WWC75 - Deborah's Sketch Challenge July 6

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

When you need it to be quick…it’s time to reach for a kit!

At least that’s what I did for Deb’s lovely sketch challenge.  It fit so perfectly with a past Paper Pumpkin Kit that’s been sitting on my desk as inspiration for an upcoming Christmas in July event.

As many of you know I’ve been struggling with health issues the last month so reaching for a kit was the perfect solution that allowed me to participate in this weeks challenge with a minimal amount of time and energy.

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Christmas in July

Paper Pumpkin Style

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Except for the Whisper White card base everything else is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

Do you recognize this Paper Pumpkin Kit?   It’s from November 2015’s monthly offering.  So popular the extra kits sold out within less than a week.  Sorry about tempting you with this.  LOL   Of course this is an alternative variation so as to fit in with Deb’s Sketch Challenge.

Here’s a picture of what the original kit projects looked like.   I think you’ll recognize the bits I used.

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Nice amount of goodies in that kit don’t you think?  If you want to skip the original design (create your own various possibilities) and add a few additional basics you can easily get triple the number of cards from the kit.   That’s part of what I like about Paper Pumpkin.  You always get an ink spot of varying colors (sometimes two of them), a full set of stamps (varying in number of stamps) and lots of embellishments and basic materials.  From there my imagination can take off.  Of course some months it’s fun and soothing to just make the kit up as indicated.

Supplies:

Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly – November 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set

Inks: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock and Kit contents

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Stampin’ block C,  Tombow, SNAIL and kit contents

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I really love Cherry Cobbler in my holiday designs.  It’s the perfect color to match with Crumb Cake, greens and of course gold and silver.  It’s what I consider my Christmas neutral.  (grin).   I could wish that it photographed a bit better though.  Tends to show up as a bright Real Red unless you do a bit of manipulation.

Hopefully this post has shown you how useful the Paper Pumpkin kits (and their stamps) are even after their time has passed.   I tend to use mine over and over since the sets are always fun and interesting.  Perfect for the sentiments I want to express and fun images to create my own designs.   Of course the smart thing to do is to make up the kits when you get them so the cards or goodies are ready to send out.  One of these days I’ll learn my lesson.  For today though…I’m happy I had one of the extra kits to hand so I could jump into the challenge before heading back to bed.

If you’d like to join in the Paper Pumpkin fun you can sign up here to receive a monthly surprise or you can purchase a somewhat longer term prepaid subscription here.  The cool thing about prepaids are that they have the potential to earn you hostess rewards since they can be added to any order and increase your totals!   Either way you subscribe….it’s a fun monthly crafting break and you have the opportunity to purchase extra refills (at a greatly reduced price) kits you fall in love with.

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

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

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Blog Hop: New Catalog Open House

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Welcome to our June New Catalog Open House Blog Hop

Today we’re opening our hearts, homes and studios to the New 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.   Hopefully you’ve had that little darling of a catalog in your hands already for a week or two.   And I hope you will agree with me that it’s the best catalog ever!   Yeah…I know…I say that every year…but this year I really mean it! :D   So many wonderful items carried over from my favorite ever Occasions Catalog and even better…new toys (er…creative tools) to play with for the next 12 months.

Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from  Marsha’s blog.  Marsha and I have been friends for years and often bounce ideas off each other.  Today is no different since Marsha never fails to come up with interesting and inspiring projects that always land on my CASE list!  Can’t wait to go back and see which of her wonderful projects I’ll be making next!

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.

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For today’s “open house hop” I’ve decided to share the same cards I shared at last Saturdays live open house.  Friends were able to make these next two cards and play with new colors, new punches, new images and of course new Big Shot bits and pieces (as well as the returning favorite Woodland embossing folder).

Now that we are into June Stampin’ Up has returned the Woodland Embossing Folder to the lineup.  It departed for a short time after the Holiday Catalog retired last January but after an outcry from customers and demos alike they brought it back.  If you’d like a repeat of that for the Cups and Kettles dies and stamps from Occasions call Stampin’ Up at 1-800-782-6787 and share your thoughts!

Please note:  If you would like the directions to either of the following projects please drop me an email or leave a comment.  I’ll be happy to pass them along.

Foxy Friends in the Woodland

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Duet - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Landscape - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop - Foxy Friends in the Woodland Portrait - Jean Fitch

With the dark hues of Tangerine Tango and the bare birches of the Woodland EF this card will work perfectly for Fall.  Add a die cut Santa cap and it works for Christmas.   Of course foxes are out and about any time of the year so the basic design works all year round as well.

Foxy Friends and the new Duet Banner Punch and matching Thoughtful Banners stamps are turning out to be two of my favorite bundled product packs.   The only thing I forgot was the coordinating Foxy Friends Designer Series Stack!  No worries…it’s coming.

Check back next week for a quick look at what I’m planning for both bundles come Christmas!    Our local Rogue Stampers group will be doing Christmas in July and I’m hoping an early peek at two of the cards will fill our roster of attendees at the Stamp a Stack we have scheduled.  There is always room for you dear reader if you are in the area.

Supplies:

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Tangerine Tango (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”), Whisper White Thick (3” x 3-1/2”), Whisper White Thin (4” x 5-1/2”, strips)

Punches: Fox Builder (new), Duet Builder (new), Corner Rounder or Envelope Punch Board

Other:  Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

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Floral Affection’s Flirty Wink

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Hop - Floral Affection embossed Flirty Flamingo colors, First Sight stamps - Jean Fitch

Wacky Watercooler June 2016 Hop - Floral Affection embossed, Flirty Flamingo colors, Partial Wink, First Sight stamps - Jean Fitch

Two variations.  One with all but the dots inked and the other with only the flowers.  Pity you can’t see the sparkle and shine that the Wink of Stella clear pen imparted.  Pick your favorite.  I’m curious to hear which you prefer.

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Various text stamps – First Sight, Wetlands

Ink: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo (reinker), Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White (thick)

Other:  Big Shot, Floral Affection Embossing Folders, Dimensionals & SNAIL

Technique:  Painting with Wink of Stella brush pens.

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Technique:  Painting with Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen using the Flirty Flamingo ink refill.

Technique Tip:  It’s easy to paint with the Wink of Stella pens.  Place a wee bit of reinker in a dish and pick up the ink with the Wink of Stella pen and apply to the area you would like to color.  Works with an inked image or an embossed image.  To clean the pen just wipe it on a scrap of paper until the color disappears from the pen tip.  Much as you would use a blender pen.  Of course…you are losing a bit of the shimmer fluid that way.  You might prefer to keep a variety of pens dedicated to color ranges like pink, red, orange, green, blue and so on so you can just pick up a pen and go.

As an alternate: You can also just squeeze the pad and use the ink from the pad cover that transfers from the squeeze.  However…and it’s a big one…make sure you wipe up the leftover mix of ink and shimmer fluid from the Stella pen.  You’ll contaminate your ink pad if you don’t thoroughly clean all the leftovers from the cover before closing the pad.   Much safer to use the reinker in a separate dish in my opinion.

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

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to my fab friend  Heidi’s blog (she’s also our wonderful hop coordinator so leave her some comment love!) her wonderfully inspired creations are another set always fun to see and CASE.  Heidi my dear…you really have to stop enabling me into new product!   Of course…what else are friends for.  LOL

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC72 – Balloons That Shake Rock and Roll to Celebrate

WWC72 – Jean’s In Color Color Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Today I’m asking you to play along with Stampin’ Up’s newest batch of In Colors.  A fun set that has a color name that includes my favorite material…Denim!   I’m not sure that denim qualifies as dapper but since the name includes denim…I’ll take it!

Create your own design or CASE (copy and share everything) from the challenge artists or wherever you find your inspiration.  Play with all 5 colors or with the 3 or 4 favorites you have in your studio.  Are you feeling Flirty?  Seeing Sugarplums in your dreams?  Down with Denim?  Whatever your preference grab 3 or 4 (or more) and get down and inky.  On your mark…get set…go!

 

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 Balloon Punch Shaker Card

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC72 - Jean's In Color Color Challenge - Jean Fitch - Bitty Balloon Punch Shaker Card - Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set

Here’s a close up of the shaker element:

 

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC72 - Jean's In Color Color Challenge - shaker detail - Jean Fitch

And the inside of the card.

Only needs a name and a word or two to be good to go.  And gives proof that I used all 5 of the new in colors!

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC72 - Jean's In Color Color Challenge - Bitty Balloon Punch inside of card - Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set

Can you tell I’m not letting go of the small retired balloon punch?  Yep…it’s just too perfect.   Especially for adding to the shaker bits.  Covers up a few little inky boo boo’s too.  Nope…not saying where they are.  {grin}

Supplies:

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Build a Birthday

Inks:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum

Paper: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Thick Whisper White Cardstocks.   Window Sheets.

Punches: Bitty Balloon from the Party Punch Pack (retired from the 2016 Occasions Catalog)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Lots of Layers Framelit Collection,  Metallic Sequins Assortment, Foam Adhesive Strips,  SNAIL.

Technique:  Shaker Card

Cost without envelope: Approx. 40¢

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I’ve gotten so addicted to shaker cards lately.  With the new foam adhesive strips they are just so easy.  Now when an idea strikes I can grab the strips and go!  My only limitation?  Keeping enough sequins and window sheets on hand!  Of course if the sequins run out I can use my various punches (especially the confetti stars and hearts punches) to create what I need.

Not sure how a shaker card goes together?  Stampin’ Up has created a video that explains the role of the strips and the basic idea here.   I did a couple of different steps on mine.  I used the Embossing Buddy to take down the stickyness of the sides of the strips (or I would have if I had remembered that step.  LOL) and…I built my shaker on the top of the card base front instead of on the inside of the card.  I feel that makes a neater presentation and adds a bit of height/texture to the card itself.  However you do it…it’s a fun presentation for the recipient.   If you choose the top down approach you’ll add the strips to the back side of your shaped cover/window combo.  Stamp on your card base and pile the shaker bits on top of the stamping and place the window combo piece directly on top.  One other tip…before you add the window sheet piece and strips you can flip the cover piece so the backside is facing up and use that “window” as a mask to stamp your images through without getting ink on the front side.  Easy peasy once you get the hang of it.   I’ll try to put a pictorial tutorial together so you can see the basic steps.   Probably will be a week or two for that since the Watercooler gang has a Blog Hop coming up this Thursday.  Stay tuned for that Hop…it’s shaping up to be a doozy what with all the new product available to play with.  And…there will be another shaker card creation I’ll be sharing during the hop (see the method to my madness with the lateness of the tutorial now?).

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams In Color Color Challenge contributions 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 new badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

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

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Grab your colors and play!

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC71 – Nautical Father’s Day

WWC71 – Heidi’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC71 - Tic Tac Toe Heidi's Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Today we not only have a new challenge…but we also have a new Watercooler Artist who has joined us for the next 3 months.   Penny Hanuszak.  Yay, a new pal to play with.   Penny and her creative talents will be familiar to many of you as she has participated in many Watercooler Blog Hops.   A wonderful friend and a creative artist.   I’ll be looking forward to seeing what she has for us today and in weeks to come.  Welcome to the Challenge Miss Penny!

Today Heidi has opened up many choices for our designs with the Tic Tac Toe challenge pictured above.  Technically I went with the far right vertical listing (gift card holder, Father’s Day, die cut or punch) but I also managed to fill in just a few other squares too.  Originally I was going to try for all 9 but a friend convinced me that I was being an over achiever in my goals so I went with a design I shared at a recent Stamp Camp instead. :D  I also have a few alternates that used the same design but different sentiments just to show how versatile this “guy” card can be.

Please note:  My design is a CASE (copy and share everything) of a design I found on Pinterest with just a few tweaks to make the colors pop and of course the “pocket” added inside for the gift card.

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 Nautical Father’s Day

(as always click the pictures to see larger images)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC71 - Heidi's Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Nautical Father's Day - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired) meets the Sunburst die cut.

And the Pocket for the gift card.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC71 - Nautical Father's Day Inside - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired)

And here are a few alternates with different sentiments as well.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC71 - Open Sea Nautical Alternative 2 - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC71 - Open Sea Nautical Alternate 1 - Jean Fitch - Open Sea (retired)

One last variation by a talented member of our Rogue Stampers Group that meets once a month.

Open Sea Nautical Father's Day Rogue Group alternativeI love how the design was turned on it’s side and has more of the log image showing stamped in a darker shade of ink.  A different set of sunburst rays too.

Sadly the Open Sea stamp set is retired but it won’t be leaving my shelves anytime soon. :D   Of course I may have to see if I can tweak this design with more current papers and ribbons.   And maybe another sun like image.  Stay tuned…one never knows when creativity will strike.  {grin}

Note:  You won’t always see this many retired products on my posted projects but this design was shared at my May Stamp Camp (so sorry you didn’t join us for that) before many of them went bye-bye for good.

Supplies:

Stamps: Open Sea (retired), Crazy about You (sentiments)

Inks:  Basic Black, Sahara Sand

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Sahara Sand, Whisper White Cardstocks.   Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (retired)

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, Triple Banner, Small Banner (retired)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Circle Collection Framelit dies (mat for the circle punch), Sunburst Thinlit die,  Banner Framelit Collection Die, Burlap Ribbon (retired),  Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tear n’ Tape, SNAIL.

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I really love how the Cherry Cobbler makes the Dijon and the Black DSP pop (that was one of my tweaks to the original design) against the neutral Whites and Sahara Sand.   Hard to see but I used the sailors log image to add a bit of texture to the Sahara Sand card base.

I also love how easy it is to use our wonderful Tear n’ Tape to create a pocket for a gift card.  Makes it easy for any card to double as a gift card holder.  Need a holder?   Grab a card from your stash and add a pocket!  Easy peasy.

There is one trick to this card that might not be obvious.  Using a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Delightful Dijon place the paper in the far left side of the die to cut.   Cut and then flip and place on the right hand side of the card.   In short the Sunburst die cut was carefully placed to create a partial die cut and then flipped before being attached to the card base.  The rest is pretty much stamp, punch or die cut as shown.

The key unifying factor to most of the elements is the banner cut on just about everything.  Cut with dies or with scissors.  Either works.   The sentiments are a combination of words from the Crazy about You stamp set collection collaged on a clear block.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams Tic Tac Toe Challenge contributions 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 new badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

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

I really hope you will add your own creations this week.  Really…this challenge is an easy one.  Grab your colors and play!

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

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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