Chinese New Year and the Watercooler Challenge WCC18

Welcome to the WaterCooler Challenge WCC18 & of course…

Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year that is. 😀    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


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


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!


10 Responses

  1. Jean, GREAT interpretation of the sketch. I love the use of the hexagon background. Lots of bright colors (like our bright, colorful Jean)!

  2. Pretty card, Jean! I love all the “honeycombs!”

  3. I will have to start using that hexagon background Thinlit more often. Very pretty!

  4. Great card, Jean. The colors work well together.

  5. Nicely done. I was expecting the sentiment to say Happy New Year though, lol.

  6. Wonderful card, Jean. The colours are so joyful, just like the Chinese New Year. Reading about the celebrations makes me want to come and join in for next year’s celebration. That Hexagon Hive thinlit is perfect as your background and side borders. Great idea. Thanks so much for being one of the Watercooler Artists.

  7. Very happy card!

  8. Such a pretty card, love the layers, textures and of course the colors and embossing!

  9. nice card Jean! Actually we had the badge before but not enough participants outside the watercooler artists. Miss you guys.

  10. Jean, thank you for your comment on my challenge card. I just wanted to say that as usual, I am the square peg attempting to fit into the round hole (hence the card with tilted square image!) Story of my life!

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